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In a toy shop, a villainous spider threatens the happiness of a red-headed baby doll and her sweetheart, a toy soldier named Napoleon.

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The old toymaker goes to sleep, and his toys immediately come to life and sing "Red-Headed Baby." A red-haired baby doll begins the song. She's soon joined by her sweetheart, a toy soldier named Napoleon. A spider briefly spoils the fun when he descends upon the toys and grabs the doll. It's up to Napoleon to save her. Written by J. Spurlin

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Vitaphone release #5038. See more »

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When the spider descends from the ceiling, one or another of his legs disappears every few frames. See more »

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[first lines]
Red-Headed Baby: [singing] I'm a red-headed baby. / I'm drivin' them wild. / I'm a red-headed baby, / a lovable child.
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Red-Headed Baby
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Music by J. Fred Coots
Lyrics by Benny Davis
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when the dolls wake up there's mischief afoot
28 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This early Merrie Melodie is fairly lively, concerning a room of toys who dance and sing along to the radio while their creator (Santa Claus?) is asleep.

The song 'Red Headed Baby' is first squeaked by a rosy-cheeked doll with the requisite big eyes (one would assume they are blue), and later by a Napoleon clone. It isn't a memorable song, and these aren't memorable characters, but there's a villain (a spider), a chase, and a bit of derring-do before the song plays out.

Harman and Ising has started with Disney, working on Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, before taking some of the ideas from that series to develop Bosko for Warner Bros. The trouble with their cartoons are that many are exactly the same, regurgitating the same gags and situations.

That said, these cartoons do have a certain historical interest and hopefully they will make it on to later Golden Collection DVDs (even if it is as one or two extras at a time, as a few have been already).


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