284. Sleepy Time Possum – Robert McKimson

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SUMMARY: The father of a lazy possum disguises himself as a hunting dog in an attempt to scare his son into doing chores.

WHY IT’S HERE:Robert McKimson’s ‘Sleepy Time Possum’ is yet further proof that McKimson is an underrated director. A very, very funny cartoon, ‘Sleepy Time Possum’ pit’s a chronically lazy possum against his wily father, who disguises himself as a hunting dog in order to scare his son into doing his chores. The ensuing battle is full of hilarious gags executed with a deft timing McKimson is rarely given credit for. For a cartoon based around the concept of laziness, ‘Sleepy Time Possum’ is full of energetic set pieces and frantic chases. The ending is unexpected and entirely satisfying. For those who write McKimson off as an inferior director, ‘Sleepy Time Possum’ should be part of the required viewing.

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