King Little receives a letter that says, "Please be at home to-day. I have orders to shoot you!" He promptly makes Gabby king for a day. The little braggart is thrilled until he learns the reason why.


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(story) (as Joseph E. Stultz)


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Gabby (voice) (uncredited)
King Little (voice) (uncredited)


Gabby has a letter to deliver to the king of Lilliput; when he arrives, the king is in the bath and Gabby tries on the royal robe. The king emerges and gives Gabby a stern look; Gabby hands over the letter and leaves quickly. The letter, however, is ominous: "Please be at home today; I have orders to shoot you." The king calls for Gabby: looks like he'll get his wish after all. But just after taking the throne, he sees the letter and panics; as he runs through the castle, he trips and does battle with many objects; he thinks he has gotten rid of the assassin and calls the king out. Just then, the man arrives to shoot the king; they argue over which is the king, and Gabby runs off just as there's an explosion of flash powder; the man was a photographer, and the photo isn't at all flattering. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Release Date:

18 October 1940 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)|



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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King for a Day is an amusing Gabby cartoon from Fleischer
7 June 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

If you read the synopsis provided elsewhere here, you know what happens. Mostly amusing with Gabby running frantically everywhere trying to avoid getting shot even though those banging noises come from other objects like the suitcase that quickly closes on the back of his shirt that gets stuck on him when he runs. There's also some gags about being chocked and getting hanged that probably wouldn't ever pass muster on Saturday morning cartoons even today. Made when the Fleischer Studio was in financial decline, only eight Gabby cartoons were made before Paramount fired Max and Dave and changed the name to Famous Studios. Worth a look for any Fleischer completists out there.

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