We’ve all seen the classic "trial" movies. 12 Angry Men. To Kill a Mockingbird. Anatomy of a Murder. Inherit the Wind. Witness for the Prosecution. Judgment at Nuremberg.
Even The Verdict, although it regularly makes me want to yell “Object, you idiot!”
An almost-unknown option is Rooty Toot Toot, a 1951 Oscar-nominated animated 7-minute short.
Rooty Toot Toot tells the boogie-woogie musical story of the passion-murder trial of Frankie, a lovely young woman who kills her cheating boyfriend in a fit of jealousy.
You know, allegedly.
Her creative defense lawyer, "Honest John the Crook," does not cross examine any of the prosecution’s witnesses, but rather spins an imaginative tale of wildly ricocheting bullets that miraculously persuades the jury to find her not guilty.
Rooty Toot Toot was voted one of the top 50 Greatest Cartoons of All Time.
"It received a nomination for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film in 1951, but lost out to Tom and Jerry's 6th award winning cartoon The Two Mouseketeers." - Wikipedia.
It's fun, and for animation fans, it's worth it for the unique artistic style.
Wait for the surprise ending...
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