1. Describe specifically how this scene looks and feels like a "live action" cartoon.
One cannot help but compare this clip with same look and feel of a Roadrunner Wiley Coyote cartoon. The animated sparkle in the Great Leslie’s smile, the fumbling villains with the large harpoon gadget for the “shock and awe” factor in their attempt to bring down the hot air balloon, all similar to the attempts of the determined coyote to make a meal out of the very clever and super fast roadrunner. And like in the cartoons, the elaborate plans and devices used to stop, capture or destroy the roadrunner/hero, will backfire and cause more damage and destruction to the coyote/villain.
2. In what ways does this scene function as “homage" to earlier slapstick comedies?
The time period this clip portrays, early in the twentieth century, seems to be an obvious homage to the days of the earlier slapstick comedies and to the earliest days of movie making itself. With early year vintage cars and clothes/fashion of the day all reflects the comic films we have reviewed from our earlier classes. The time period is a perfect fit.
3. How does Blake Edwards depict The Great Leslie (Curtis) as the "definitive hero" and Professor Fate (Lemmon) as the "definitive villain?"
Blake Edwards depicts The Great Leslie as the definitive hero by having him always dressed in all white attire. Women throw themselves at him while men applaud his daring deeds. Professor Fate is the definitive villain very much like the cartoon character of Snidley Whiplash from The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show, dressed head to toe in black and constantly trying to foil the all too good heroes of the show.