Oswald the Lucky Rabbit tries to cure his pet dog of a bad case of hiccups in this good Walter Lantz cartoon.
Lantz was trying to save Oswald, whose popularity had slid in the previous few years. He would shortly redesign his star as a white rabbit in order to increase his appeal to small children. However, that was not the trend in cartoons, which were growing wilder under the trend that would be established at Schlesinger's cartoon factory. One of the animators on this short, Fred Avery, would move to Schlesinger and later MGM, to become a director, usually under his nickname, Tex Avery.
In the meantime, Lantz was following Disney's trend of pepping up the increasingly bland Mickey Mouse by giving him a cast of supporting characters. Elmer looks like a response to Disney's Pluto Pup. However, this would not work, either to keep Oswald going nor offer a spin-off series.
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