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Goofy Goofy Gander (1950)

Approved | | Animation, Short | 18 August 1950 (USA)
Little Audrey likes school, but doesn't like Mother Goose rhymes. She gets so involved in the crooks in her comic books that she doesn't hear when asked by the teacher to recite a rhyme, ... See full summary »

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Johnny / Piggy / Bird (voice) (uncredited)
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Little Audrey (voice) (uncredited)
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Pinhead / Bird-Brain / Carnival Barker / Humpty Dumpty (voice) (uncredited)
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Little Audrey likes school, but doesn't like Mother Goose rhymes. She gets so involved in the crooks in her comic books that she doesn't hear when asked by the teacher to recite a rhyme, Instead she comes up with hip-gangster talk. Her punishment is to wear a dunce cap and sit in the corner. She goes to sleep, has a dream and finds out that Mother Goose is a "hep" character and that there is more excitement in the nursery rhymes than in her comic books. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Animation | Short

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(RCA Sound System)

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Little Audrey: Oh, Mother Goose and her nursery rhymes. What does she know about modern times?
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Comic Strips Vs. The Cartoons
13 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Time and a different element for entertainment sure can make a big difference. When I was a small, I used to read all the comic books, which included Little Lulu and Little Audrey. I mention those two together because Paramount Studios made animated shorts of these "girls." I think the comic strips were more interesting, but maybe that's because I was kid and enjoyed them all. Now, being much older, these look really primitive to me - nothing on the order of Popeye, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, etc.

Nevertheless, the cartoon has some humor and some nostalgic value as we see an elementary school teacher and her classroom back around 1950.

Audrey has a mind of her own and while the class is all reading "Mother Goose," she slips a copy of the comic book "Phony Funnies" inside her Goose book and enjoys that instead, preferring to read "modern" stuff like "Pin Head and Bird-Brain in "The Gold Brick Robbery."

She gets caught with the comic, is sent to the corner of the room, dunce cap and all (which was not part of the '50s in any classroom I was ever in) and then falls asleep. What she dreams turns out to be the message of the film: that Mother Goose is not old-fashioned and her stories will never go out of style.

The humor comes when the old MG characters speak and sing "jive." I laughed at some of the "hip" expressions of the day here and the characterizations (i.e. Frank Sinatra being "Little Tommy Tucker," Edward G. Robinson in a quick cameo as "Humpty Dumpty.")

The dream that Audrey has saves the cartoon and makes it worthwhile to watch.


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