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Red-Headed Baby (1931)

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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 »


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


[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
Music by J. Fred Coots
Lyrics by Benny Davis
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RED-HEADED BABY (Rudolf Ising, 1931) **
7 February 2009 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Included on Warners' DVD of CIMARRON (1931), what I said about the latter – that it is marred by the primitive technique of the time – also applies to this "Merrie Melodies" cartoon when compared to the studio's heyday in this art form. As was the custom back then, its sole raison d'etre is to promote a current hit tune (for which it is named); this is set against a backdrop of a toy-maker's workshop, where his creations come to life at night, and he eventually joins the chorus at the end. Typical ingredients here are the fact that the titular belle is at once romanced by a toy soldier and coveted by a large spider (which the latter ultimately defeats, with the help of the other toys). In the long run, though certainly a harmless enough short in itself, both the style of animation and the overall approach is very dated and, frankly, too corny to be appealing.

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