389. Mr. Rossi on the Beach – Bruno Bozzetto

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SUMMARY: Signor Rossi heads out for what he hopes will be a relaxing day at the beach.

WHY IT’S HERE: ‘Mr. Rossi on the Beach’ was Bruno Bozzetto’s third Rossi short. Like its predecessor ‘Mr. Rossi Goes Skiing’, it follows the adventures of Mr. Rossi on holiday and takes the form of a series of gags that build up into a portrait of the nightmarish side of getting away from it all. ‘Mr. Rossi on the Beach’ is the last of the opening trio of gentler Rossi shorts. Starting with 1966’s ‘Mr. Rossi Buys a Car’ the mood would noticeably darken, with black comedy and satire taking the place of spot gags. This made the Rossi series all the more fascinating, but for some straightforward, well-crafted cartoon fun ‘Mr. Rossi on the Beach’ is a lovely little short.

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