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The Little Stranger (1936)

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A stranger deposits an egg in a duck's nest; it hatches as a baby chicken. It doesn't fit in well with its three duckling nestmates, particularly when it comes to swimming. Momma tries to ... See full summary »

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A stranger deposits an egg in a duck's nest; it hatches as a baby chicken. It doesn't fit in well with its three duckling nestmates, particularly when it comes to swimming. Momma tries to solve the swimming problem with a couple of leaves, but sends the chick home when that fails. The chick hits on using a half-eggshell as a boat, and manages to rejoin the group. Then trouble, in the form of a bird of prey, which tries to snatch a duckling, but loses a tailfeather to the chick. It chases the chick into an old mill, but gets its head stuck in a wheel. The chick is a hero, and teaches his siblings to crow like a rooster. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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13 March 1936 (USA)  »

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About as edgy as a bowling ball.
5 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Little Stranger" is a cartoon from the Fleischer Brothers and must have been influenced by the prior Disney short "The Ugly Duckling", as the latter film is obviously just a reworking of this story.

When the film began, I was immediately struck by two things--how nice the 3-D effects were (and the Fleischers did this in many films) and how ugly the print was. The ugly print was because the copy posted at archive.org is extremely dark and has nothing to do with how the film originally looked. Originally, the color was quite vibrant but here it unfortunately is rather muddy.

The story begins with a chicken leaving her egg in a duck's nest. When the eggs hatch, the baby chicken is a major disappointment. He cannot swim and seems pretty useless. However, his chickeny skills turn out to save the day in the end.

While this is a quality cartoon, it lacks an edge. There are no laughs...none. And the product, unfortunately, is amazingly dull. Not a terrible cartoon but one that fails to excite the viewer.


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