In this classic fable, a hen asks help with chores from other farm animals. None of the animals want to help do work, but they all want to share the fruits of the hen's labor.


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A hen and her chicks stumble across some wheat. The hen asks other farm animals to help her sow the wheat, but they all decline. They also refuse to help her water and harvest the wheat or bake bread with the resulting grains. She and her chicks manage to do all the work themselves, then delight in refusing to share the bread with the animals who would not help her to make it. Written by Melissa

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16 February 1934 (USA)  »

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23 June 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Little Red Hen (1934)

*** (out of 4)

This Ub Iwerks animated short features the same good and same not- so- good elements that most of his films from this era had. This is based on the classic fairy tale of a hard working hen who constantly asks for help on the farm but gets rejected. That is, the hen gets rejected until the lazy animals need something. This is actually a fairy entertaining short thanks in large part to the Technicolor and the animation itself. Iwerks was a genius when it came to animation but sadly he often times found himself working with smaller budgets and not the best of stories. He made several fairy tale movies during this era and this here ranks among the best thanks in large part to the before mentioned animation but I also thought the story itself was quite good. It also didn't hurt that the hen character was so likable as well as the song being sung.

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