King Humpty Dumpty has a huge amount of gold, but wants more. He sees the sun, and thinks it is full of gold, so he orders his subjects (the various Mother Goose characters) to build his golden wall higher. They comply, and he reaches the sun, but when he does, the sun sends lightning bolts after him, which topple the wall. Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I'm Humpty Dumpty, king of wealth / This wall of gold is my throne! / I built it high, till it reaches the sky! / This wall is all my own! / The more I have, the more I want! / I love the glistening stuff! / There's power untold in these pieces of gold! / I've never had enough!
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Although the copy of this cartoon that I saw recently on the Classic Arts Showcase (ARTS) was somewhat faded, it did show the artistic and technical skill for which the Fleischers were justly famous. It also shows the weird streak that runs through many of their films.
In this cartoon, Humpty Dumpty is not just the chatty fellow who fell off the wall, but a tyrannical king who has an insatiable appetite for gold, constantly bellows a sinister laugh, and turns cruel at the drop of a hat. He reminds me a lot of Tybo the Carrot Monster from the "Lost In Space" episode "The Great Vegetable Rebellion."
Little wonder that the Fleischers later produced "Superman" cartoons with larger than life villains and outlandish situations.
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