Cinema: The Mild Bunch

Full-length animated cartoons are so rare these days that it is pleasant to welcome even a distant relative, The Brain. True, the film is populated by live people, but its antic, antique characters are lateral descendants of Tom 'n' Jerry, Bugs Bunny and Woody Woodpecker.

The mild bunch descends on the cash resources of NATO, which are being moved from France to Belgium via freight train. Three separate elements pursue the loot: a tough Mafioso (Eli Wallach), two French thieves (Bourvil and Jean-Paul Belmondo) and an elegant supercriminal (David Niven) known respectfully as "the Brain."

The farce obeys the laws of...

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