437. The Door – Ken Mundie

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SUMMARY: Two Native Americans are driven to conflict by a woman who unlocks a mysterious door.

WHY IT’S HERE: Ken Mundie’s ‘The Door’ was an independent film co-produced by Bill Cosby which was, for reasons shrouded in mystery, picked up for distribution by Warner Bros. and assimilated into their block of last gasp theatrical cartoons featuring (justly) forgotten characters like Cool Cat and Merlin the Magic Mouse. Mundie’s short, an experimental if slightly obvious anti-war comment, sticks out like a sore thumb among this company and history has often inaccurately reported it to be a Warner Bros. Merrie Melody. Depicting two Native Americans whose simple lives are interrupted when they gain access to a doorway to modern life and come to blows over its contents, ‘The Door’ is most notable for its sketchy art style which makes it so much more alive than those thick, blocky Warner cartoons with which it was distributed. The scatty musical accompaniment works well alongside this style to produce a real curio which is certainly of its time but worth seeking out for a glimpse of the era through the eyes of an animator who only directed one other film, the now lost ‘Hey, Hey, Hey It’s Fat Albert’.

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