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Old Mother Hubbard (1935)

Approved | | Animation, Short | 3 April 1935 (USA)
Old Mother Hubbard is the laundress for the king, but when she finds her cupboard bare, her dog travels to the palace where he winds up performing for the king.




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Old Mother Hubbard doesn't live in a shoe nor have more children than she knows what to do, but is living in poverty working as the laundress for the King. And, to the dismay of her delivery dog, her cupboard is indeed bare. The dog is sent to deliver the King's laundry and decides he'd rather ride than walk and starts to hitch-hike, and catches a ride with the dog catcher. He escapes and his escapades at the castle so delights the King, who rewards the don and his mistress. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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3 April 1935 (USA)  »

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Oma Hubbard  »

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It's A Dog Day Afternoon So 'Cheer Up'
30 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mother Hubbard is a laundress for the king. She needs the work for the money to feed everyone, because you know the story: her cupboard is bare. However, as she says early on, she still likes to sing. Many of these early-to-mid 1930s cartoons were song-oriented. Either a ton of songs were sung during the 7-8 minute cartoon or the entire dialog was sung.

This cartoon turns out to be about Mother Hubbard's dog, not her. He is the real star of the cartoon. As Mother's helper, he gets in some jams, like being picked up by the dog catcher, but always finds a clever way out of trouble. He's definitely fun to watch In the end, we winds up entertaining the down-and-out king and gets rewarded for his optimism.

A song, "Cheer Up," is sung by the dog and seems to be the theme of this animated short. It reminds me of a number Shirley Temple or Betty Boop would sing, and it's typical of the upbeat, positive songs out in the '30s, trying to pick up the spirits of a nation dealing with The Great Depression. It might have a tough period but we certainly got some wonderful songs from that period. "Cheer Up" certainly is one good example.

This was the seventh cartoon in a series of old ones in a DVD called "Cartoons That Time Forget: The UB Iwerks Collection Vol. 1" and is highly-recommended if you need your spirits perked up!

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