A precocious toddler, wanting to return to his watermelon patch and a pair of animal friends in the country, tampers with the electronic gadgets in his new city home and creates chaos.


(as Dave Fliescher)


(story) (as Joseph Stultz)


A mother puts her baby boy in an outdoor playpen, but he's more mature than she realizes, and quickly breaks out, and with the help of a raccoon and a squirrel, they are soon raiding the watermelon patch. Mother returns: turns out it's moving day, and the family is moving to the city. Little lambkin is not at all happy about leaving his animal friends; when they get to the new house, he sets about sabotaging the kitchen, turning the icebox into an oven, the hot water tap into an ice dispenser, and the stove and phone into water spouts. The adults flee, back to the country house, and lambkin is reunited with his friends. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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2 February 1940 (USA)  »

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Little Lambkins  »

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1.37 : 1
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Little Lambkin was a way below average Max Fleischer Color Classic cartoon
1 January 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this rare Max Fleischer Color Classic on YouTube. The title character is a toddler boy who-when his parents are temporarily away-loves to play with animal friends, a raccoon and a squirrel. Together they eat a whole watermelon. But this day, the boy has to move to the city where he has to deal with electrical appliances. In order to move back to his previous home, this toddler proceeds to switch many electrical plugs that makes a refrigerator into a stove, etc...I've just described most of the cartoon and I'm not very impressed with the results. The watermelon sequences in the beginning and end were amusing but the chaos with the switched plugs in the city kitchen was too ridiculous even for an animated cartoon. And the boy himself was too bratty for my tastes when he constantly cried about not wanting to move. So unless you're a Max Fleischer completist, I wouldn't recommend Little Lambkin.

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