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Little Lambkin (1940)

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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.


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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 <>

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2 February 1940 (USA)  »

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More gags, less Lambkin, please.

This is a Max Fleischer Color Classic short produced by the Fleischer studio. There will be spoilers ahead:

As is typical for a Fleischer cartoon, this is a nice looking short, with some very good visual bits and some very funny gags. The principal problem with this is that you have far too much of the title character inflicted upon you as a price for enjoying the rest of the cartoon.

Lambkin is a child-the type of little terror who makes one dream with fond hope of retroactive birth control. He's snowed his mom into thinking he still can't walk properly, yet he can move around quite well when getting into trouble. His best scenes are with a squirrel and raccoon, which take the edge off the little punk. The watermelon scenes are well done. The future inmate handles an ax smoothly.

Mom comes to retrieve her little punishment from heaven, telling him they're going to be moving, whereupon the little creep begins a massive tantrum, continuing through his arrival at the new place, where, having lost his patience, dad lays down the law.

But the future felon is undeterred, going into the kitchen and messing with the appliances, setting up the best part of the cartoon, where various automated gadgets go haywire because their plugs have been switched. Too bad they didn't trim Lambkins down to the bare minimum and give us another 30-60 seconds of the house going insane.

This short is available on DVD and is well worth getting. You may have a higher tolerance for the little "dear" than I did.

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