Betty Boop tries to get Little Jimmy to bed, but he's being a bad little boy indeed. He unbuttons his sleeper, forcing Betty to re-button it. And after Betty turns off the ceiling lamp, Little Jimmy jumps up on his bed and turns it back on again. Once Betty thinks she finally has Jimmy to sleep, she finds him painting stripes on the cat with toothpaste. Jimmy begs Betty to tell him a story, and she does so with an eye toward teaching him a lesson. It's about a mischievous little boy, much like Jimmy, watched over by a fairy, who is much like Betty. He ties a tin can on a little dog's tail; he throws bricks at a glass house; and he clips off the shaving-brush-like hair of the local barber as he sleeps. But the boy goes too far when he taunts a lion, who escapes from his cage and chases him. The kindly fairy gives the boy a chance to reverse everything he does. Literally. Suddenly, everything he has done is played in reverse, leaving a content barber, an untouched glass house and a ... Written by
While I am pretty sure there are many more Little Jimmy cartoons out there to see, so far I have been amazed at what an unlikable little creep this character was. However, when Betty Boop is babysitting the little jerk, she does not resort to child abuse but sings him a song. This song is the story of a little boy (who, interestingly, looks EXACTLY like Jimmy)--a little brat of a boy that tortures animals and the like. However, because of his evil, the fair (who looks like Betty) is going to punish him unless he changes his ways--at which point the film appears to run backwards and he undoes all the nasty things he's done. An odd combination of cutesy and nasty all in the same cartoon, this one is only okay to watch. Nice animation but the Jimmy is such an unlikable little creep that the ending was dissatisfying. I wanted to see him get hit by a bus or something worse!
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