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Old Mother Hubbard (1935)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Short  |  3 April 1935 (USA)
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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 <>

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Oma Hubbard  »

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Wacky, rather bizarre cartoon with the worst attempted caricature I've ever seen (or would want to!)
22 November 2003 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

The fairy tales adaptations generally work better than the Flip or Willie Whopper shorts do because story and plot were Ub Iwerks' Achilles heel. Fairy tales as source matter overcome that problem by already providing both. This short takes the old poem about Old Mother Hubbard and her dog and turns it on its proverbial ear, making it strangely musical (or musically strange, if you prefer). One prominently bizarre moment is also the worst celebrity caricature I've ever seen! Iwerks tried these, like virtually every studio did at the time, with decidedly mixed results. The attempt at Maurice Chevalier here is so bad it's painful to watch. I may have to join the French Foreign Legion to forget this. It's that bad! Other than that lapse, this is a beautiful, seriously odd little piece and well worth watching. Recommended.

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