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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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4 February 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The quality of the animation and color from this Ub Iwerks cartoon is splendid...about as good as any of his contemporaries. This was a huge improvement over many of Iwerks' earlier solo cartoons and this alone make it worth seeing. Unfortunately, apart from this, the cartoon is horrible...the sort of thing that made most of the 1930s cartoons incredibly tough to watch once good cartoons became the rage with MGM and Warner Brothers in the 40s and 50s. What do I mean by this? Instead of filling many of these cartoons with jokes, the cartoons consist of cutesy songs and very ham-fisted moral lessons...and "The Little Red Hen" is clearly one of these type of cartoons. Instead of simply telling the age old story, it sings it and manages to nauseate most viewers today. It's the sort of stuff that may have played reasonably well in the day but which are incredibly dated today...and are the main reason Ub Iwerks' solo career soon would come to a halt. There was simply no edge, no humor to these insipid cartoons.

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