Cinema: Hot Air

Five Weeks in a Balloon. "Sirrr," proclaims an intrepid Scotsman, "Ah prro-pose to fly in a balloon fourrr thousand mayles overrr unexplorred jungle!"

"Sir," avers a curmudgeonly colleague from Britain, "your plan is completelah lunatic. I know Africah. Neithah you nor your toy would lahst five minutes!"

The professor lasts 101 minutes, to be exact, and many of them will assuredly provide mercurochromatic relief for the screaming little monsters who habitually take a Saturday afternoon bloodbath. But while the children are goggling, their parents will be giggling—especially if they happen to have read...

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