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Mama's New Hat (1939)

Passed  |   |  Animation, Family, Short  |  11 February 1939 (USA)
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The boys buy mama a new hat for Mother's Day, but on the way home, fall in the mud and ruin it. They swap the bad hat with one that a nearby horse is wearing and head home, with the horse ... See full summary »


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Uncredited cast:
Captain (voice) (uncredited)


The boys buy mama a new hat for Mother's Day, but on the way home, fall in the mud and ruin it. They swap the bad hat with one that a nearby horse is wearing and head home, with the horse in pursuit. Mama loves her new hat, and sets out to show her friends, but encounters the horse, who goes after the hat. The horse chases her home, where the kids divert it into a room and try on several different hats. The horse tires of this, and ends up in the basement, where a gluepot spills, attaching a fan to its rump, which gets switched on and, combined with a drop-leaf table, turns the horse into an airplane. It collects the entire family, flies outside, and eventually crashes into a circular clothes rack, which turns into a merry-go-round with everyone grabbing for the hat like a brass ring. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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11 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film short is available as an extra in the Warner DVD of A Day at the Races (1937). See more »


La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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Mama's New Hat is a highly amusing Captain and the Kids cartoon
13 August 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

First, about the series title: "The Captain and the Kids" was the name Rudolph Dirks named his comic strip creation after leaving his original syndicate, King Features, and moved to its rival, United Features, since "The Katzenjamer Kids" name was owned by King and was still drawn there by Harold Knerr. Now on to the story. Hans and Franz have bought a new hat for Mama for Mother's Day but it gets dirtied when they fall in a mud puddle. A horse nearby laughs. The kids sees the hat on the horse and sneakily switch it with their dirty one. The horse, hating the switched hat, stomps on it and follows the kids to their home. Mama loves the hat so much she doesn't notice at first that the horse is following her and trying to get it back...I'll stop right there and say there's plenty of funny gags concerning Mama's ignorance, like when she inadvertently steps on an elevator door on the ground and unknowingly drops down as the horse unsuccessfully tries to grab hat, as well as the horse's attempts at chasing everybody in the house and the things he (or she) keeps bumping into. The ending might be a little ridiculous but it's well animated and shows not everyone gets what they want...

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