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Simple Simon (1935)

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As in the nursery rhyme, Simple Simon meets a pieman on his way to the fair and samples his wares. However, when he makes no purchase, the pieman becomes angry, follows Simon to the fair, ... See full summary »

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As in the nursery rhyme, Simple Simon meets a pieman on his way to the fair and samples his wares. However, when he makes no purchase, the pieman becomes angry, follows Simon to the fair, and makes his stay there miserable. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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15 November 1935 (USA)  »

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A pretty funny animated short based on the nursery rhyme
12 July 2007 | by (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I first saw this 1935 animated short when I was very, very young. I watched it on a video tape, one of several that I watched regularly for a while, each featuring cartoon shorts from the 1930s and '40s. Like many of those shorts, if not all of them, I watched this one many times. Probably over a decade after last seeing "Simple Simon", I finally watched the obscure cartoon again, and I certainly didn't find it as enjoyable as I did way back, but I still laughed, so I can't complain too much.

Based on the nursery rhyme of the same name, Simple Simon is a goofy airhead with a silly laugh. He learns that a fair is happening in town, and decides that he wants to go. On his way, he meets a pieman, who asks him to try a sample of his pie. After Simon does so, the pieman expects him to buy one of his pies, but unfortunately, Simon doesn't have any money on him, so he can't. This makes the pieman furious! In fact, it makes him violent, so Simon has to run from him, as he chases him around the fair! Simon tries hard to avoid getting caught by the pieman, and due to his stupidity, he's bound to get into farther trouble on his adventure!

It has been over seventy years since this "Simple Simon" cartoon short was released, and it may not quite do the same for audiences today as it did back then. However, in my opinion (this is coming from someone who was born in the 1980s), it's not an absolute classic, but it's still reasonably funny. This short may be more entertaining for a lot of kids, but it's not strictly for them. You could still enjoy it if you're not a kid, but are still a fan of these old cartoons, and/or generally into slapstick. This clearly isn't a very popular piece today, but for those who are interested, it's probably worth watching if you can find it.


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