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The Saga of Windwagon Smith (1961)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Family | 16 March 1961 (USA)
Sea Captain Windwagon Smith hits Westport, Kansas, the starting point of the old Oregon and Santa Fe Trails, and is quickly the laughing stock of the town; instead of traveling in the usual... See full summary »

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Sea Captain Windwagon Smith hits Westport, Kansas, the starting point of the old Oregon and Santa Fe Trails, and is quickly the laughing stock of the town; instead of traveling in the usual oxen-drawn covered wagon, he is at the helm and wheel of a Contestoga-type wagon with a full set of sails. He plans to go to Oregon by taking advantage of the prairie winds. First, he wins over the town mayor, falls in love with the mayor's beautiful daughter, Molly Crum, and then secures financial backing from the townspeople. He sets sail across the plains, with Molly Crum as a covered-wagon stowaway, and a Kansas twister looming on the horizon. And, then, the wind hits the sails. And the fan, too, if he had had one. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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You'd never think this was a Disney film by the look of it.
14 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most un-Disney cartoons I've ever seen from this studio. It simply looks unique--not like any other cartoon I've ever seen. Now this isn't really bad, as Disney's short cartoons from the late 50s and early 60s were pretty poorly animated--with VERY simple drawings and backgrounds. This cartoon is a far cry from them or the older style art of Mickey and Donald. You just have to see it to understand.

The story is a strange tall-tale about a weirdo named Windwagon Smith--a sea captain that has created a combination of a covered wagon and a sailing ship. The locals in Kansas are excited about it and throw money at him to build an even bigger one. What happens next is very odd--and the ending is VERY unusual. I liked it as a change of pace but cannot imagine the average child enjoying this odd cartoon--especially with its eerily animated character, Molly. Genuinely odd but highly original.


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