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Animal Crackers

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Dans ce deuxième classique des Marx Brothers, Groucho joue le rôle du capitaine Spaulding (allusion à un fameux dealer de drogue de Hollywood), dont la chanson Hooray For Captain Spaulding est devenue la signature. Dans ce film bourré de gags hilarants, nos compères essaient de résoudre le mystère d'un vol de tableau dans la haute société. Parmi les meilleurs moments, on citera le cours sur l'Afrique ou comment tirer sur un éléphant en pyjama, et une partie de cartes entre Harpo, Chico et la toujours aussi crédule Margaret Dumont. Les intermèdes musicaux sont mieux amenés que dans leurs films ultérieurs. --Bill Desowitz

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated Operetta-Style MarxxBrothers Comedy May 8 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Groucho Marx in one of the Marx Brothers' Classics, surrounded by the usual cast of High Society play-alongs, delivers what many consider their very best work. The lunacy begins when Groucho arrives back from an African Exploration, just in time to be the guest of honor at a Society Dinner Party. The craziness is fueled by some twists and turns about a valuable painting (which seems to be easily copied onto what appears like a roll of wall paper). The predictable plot keeps rolling along, while Groucho seems to consume 95% of the scipt with one-liners.
In 1930 this may have been a welcome distraction from Depression Era hum-drum life. I tried to find the same amusement a lifetime later, and can't agree with the critics. Aside from a few clever (even risque) jokes, I was missing the rolling-on-the-floor-with-laughter effect. Animal Crackers left me only with luke-warm feelings, while I found the "other" Marx Brothers Classic, "Duck Soup" hilarious. I would rather see "Duck Soup" 5 more times than view "Animal Crackers" ever again. Not a total loss of 1 1/2 time, but don't expect any "mirror scenes", because this one has none!***
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By Elle
Format:DVD
Wow. There are actually some funny movies out there that DON'T include obscenities, naked people, or jokes about barfing!! This movie is worth buying for that fact alone. Why can't people make movies like this anymore? Why do we have to go back 70 years to find a movie with terrible film editing in order to get the best laughs? Well, it sure is worth it to me.
Anyway, I'll start off with what I didn't like about it, which really wasn't a lot. Mainly just the really bad sound quality, and terrible film editing. Also, the romantic sub-plot and song didn't really do much for me either. But fortunately, the Marx brothers can make up for anything.
This is the only one of their films that I've seen so far that included Zeppo, and I was kind of disappointed, since the only funny thing he said in the whole movie was "How do you spell 'semicolon'?" But the other boys were great. I didn't really care much for the part where Harpo was standing in his underwear shooting a cap gun at people, and I'm probably too young to understand all of Groucho's 'strange interludes', but other than that it was hilarious.
The things that got me laughing the hardest were the bridge game, looking for the 'flash', the expression on Chico's face when he realizes he doesn't remember the finish to his song, Harpo sneakily stealing the money from Roscoe W. Chandler, the whole 'left-handed moth' thing, the negotiation between Groucho & Chico about how much it costs for his band to play (or rather, not play), Chico telling Arabella that he couldn't take out the painting if it's not stealing...I could go on & on, would you like me to go on & on? Ok, I won't. But I'll leave you with the line that got me laughing the hardest, for some strange reason:
Groucho: (I'm paraphrasing here) "We need to find out the motive of the guys who swiped the painting."
Chico: "I got it - robbery!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have You Seen Your Marx? Dec 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Captain Spaulding`s on the case as he searches for a stolen painting! With non-stop humor,gags,and talk of marraige, this equils up to be one of the looneyest movies EVER!
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Format:DVD
Some people consider "Animal Crackers" as the best movie in the Marx Brothers filmography. But most of the people, including myself, rather prefer "Duck Soup", however, "Animal Crackers" is one of those movies that will draw a smile in the audiences from beginning to end.
For those who have never seen a Marx Bros. movie, this is a good starting point. In "Animal Crackers" the Marx brothers follow their classic comedic formula which brought them to stardom: the wacky brothers mess with every person around them while they provoke chaos and misunderstandings. Groucho as always, shoots funny and clever sentences so fast that his mouth looks like a machinegun, Harpo without saying a single word provokes rage among men, and fear among women, Chico delivers doses of anarchy and Zeppo tries in vain to calm down his insane brothers.
"Animal Crackers" is a good comedy, and without a doubt the fans of the Marx Brothers will enjoy this movie even more. If you haven't seen a Marx brothers movie, this is a good choice, but the best choice would be "Duck Soup".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal work of (Groucho)MARXISM ! Nov. 3 2003
Format:VHS Tape
ANIMAL CRACKERS has moments that are hysterically funny. If you love movies;comedy;or enjoy relishing talent of one of the world's greatest wise-ass wits, this is THE work of seminal Groucho Marxism to savor. Along with incomparable razor "dozens" of Julius Henry,there are inane tete a tetes between Chico and Harpo(unmasking "Abie the Fishman"...posing as High Society Poohbah and Art Connoisseur...is side-splitting).Even underrated Zeppo shines as Groucho's Field Secretary(the Letter he transcribes IS the world renowned CAPTAIN SPAULDING Manifesto). Margaret Dumont is typically classy as Groucho's feminine foil and straight-woman.
HOORAY FOR CAPTAIN SPAULDING! is,of course,one of cinema's SIGNUM theme songs.(Monty Norman considered jazzing-it for his 007 theme).Many Marxist films are certainly worthy of serious study. But...if you only view one...You Bet Your Life this is the winner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Hooray for Captain Spaulding: The African explorer!"
"Did someone call me Schnorer?" "Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!"
This great follow-up to "The Cocoanuts" which was filmed, too, in New York, tells of... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002 by Josh P.
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm picking this one as the best!
With Coconuts and Horse Feathers next, this one I'm giving the top spot (Hey, Duck Soup is great too, but it just isn't as true to me). Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2002 by EugeSchu
4.0 out of 5 stars Two aces of Spades?
This, the second film released staring the four Marx Brothers, seems to be much more a star vehicle for Groucho than some of the others. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good place to start
If you need to find a Marx brothers' film to give you a taste of what they're like, Animal Crackers is a fine place to start. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2001 by Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny Stuff
I really do enjoy this video, it is simply one of their best. The picture quality does suffer at points, being that it was filmed in 1930, and I can't comprehend what the 'chorus'... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2001 by Brandon S.
4.0 out of 5 stars MARX INSANITY
In 1929, a new kind of movie comedy burst into view when THE COCOANUTS gave movie audiences their first dose the Marx Brothers' hilarious anarchy; the cinema had introduced the... Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2001 by "scotsladdie"
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray For Animal Crackers
In 1930, one year after their successful debut film, "The Cocoanuts", the Marx Bros. gave us "Animal Crackers; their second film, and one of their best and... Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2001 by T. W. Fuller
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-see, but not well acted.
This movie is hysterical, with classic bits you'll recognize. It's a must-see if only to know the foundations of Marx Brothers (and therefore American) humor. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2000 by MLPlayfair
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