Dinky Doodle marries a pretty milkmaid and brings her back to the House That Jack Built.





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The House That Jack Built is being renovated by Dinky Doodle and company. Dinky Doodle is a tiny cartoon-schoolboy; his "company" is his cartoon-dog, Weakheart, and his life-size adult friend, a cartoonist. Dinky and Weakheart fall asleep on the job. The cartoonist scolds them. They respond by spraying him with a hose. Finally, they all get to work. The cartoonist slaps mortar on a brick and throws it to Dinky, standing on the roof, who uses it to build a chimney. The life-size brick becomes Dinky-size by the time it gets to him. The cartoonist throws him a rapid succession of bricks, but they come too fast, and an overwhelmed Dinky raises the white flag. The crew piles bags of malt into the house, but a mouse eats them all. The huge malt-filled mouse chases after Dinky and Weakheart, who escape into a picture of a cow. They jump on the cow and ride off. In the world of the picture, Dinky meets a pretty milkmaid. Weakheart finds a parson to marry them. Dinky brings his bride back to ... Written by J. Spurlin

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29 March 1925 (USA)  »

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$1,800 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Walter Lantz' The House That Dinky Built was a rare find of a silent cartoon/live action short
28 August 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is one of those live action/animation hybrids made by Walter Lantz during the silent era when he was working for the J.R. Bray Studio. He stars in this with Dinky Doodles with his pet Weakheart (I'm not sure if he's a cat or dog here). After dodging and tossing bricks at Lantz, Doodles and Weakheart go to the cartoon world to help a girl milk a cow after accidentally emptying the bucket when they land in it. The way the cow is milked is by a Rube Goldberg-type device that was pretty clever as depicted here. Dinky then falls for the girl so Weakheart gets a preacher who marries them. After the three go back to Lantz' house, the newlyweds go to the dollhouse that was shown earlier and after they close the shades that house shakes revealing their first quarrel! When Lantz tries to cut in, Doodles and his wife says, "Leave us to our fights!" as the cartoonist gets hit hard with a cartoonish-like finish...While the animation was pretty primitive, The House That Dinky Built provided some amusement like that cow milking gag I alluded to that made this pretty entertaining. So on that note, this early Walter Lantz short is worth a look.

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