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Lulu's Birthday Party (1944)

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Little Lulu fantasizes about a birthday party in a candy land.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Lillian Randolph ...
Mandy (voice) (uncredited)
Cecil Roy ...
Little Lulu (voice) (uncredited)
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It's September second, Little Lulu's birthday. She leaves hints to remind Mandy, the housekeeper, of her expectations for her birthday party. Mandy is hard at work on Lulu's party, but does not want Lulu to know. Lulu becomes more curious as Mandy becomes more secretive. Lulu's attempts to spy on Mandy's party plans backfire when her birthday cake is destroyed. Lulu's party is canceled, and she fantasizes about a dream party in a candy land. Written by Melissa

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29 December 1944 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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It wasn't Lulu's fault, it was the themes back in the day.
4 May 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Before I begin, if you plan to watch the cartoon then be advised as this short has a heavy blackface mammy stereotype.

OK, so this short starts off with what else but what the title says Lulu's birthday. And the person baking a cake is a stereotyped black woman (who may I say, also bears some characteristics of a man!). LuLu eagerly wants to see the cake but the woman wants her to wait. It goes on for a couple of more scenes. Also guess who Lulu brought along, her pet frog(who I dub drunky because he talks like one.) The black woman tries to bake the cake but keeps get interrupted by Lulu and drunky. Then she finally puts the 2 out to play for a while. LuLu and drunky then get bored of playing so they start playing leap frog (pun right there) until drunky gets thrown inside through the window hitting the black woman. Lulu and drunky go back outside again and then Lulu goes into one of her fantasy worlds. This time, it's birthday land! Were cakes are mountains and candy canes can be used as ski's! And then she crashes into a mountain and leaves her fantasy land. Then finally the cake is done and but I'm not sure who blew it out (drunky or lulu) but either way, 1 of the 2 blew off almost everything off the cake onto her 2 party guests. The end.

Now, the reason why I gave this a 3 is for 2 reasons.

1.)The plot and jokes. I find this cartoon being one of the stalest of the little lulu set. I mean, 75% of the cartoon was just Lulu harassing the woman. It was really boring to watch. And I didn't see a lot of "lulu" gags. Just some same repetitive things without nothing clever to pull it off.

2.) The black maid Arg. Just when I thought I was gonna see another clean Lulu short, I stumble upon this! The black maid is so stereotypical it's not funny. Really dark skin, big pink lips, light like backside of hands , bad speech and the get-up she's wearing. From all the races they had to pick to bake a cake, it had to be a stereotyped black woman?!?! But I'm not blaming this on Lulu. I'm blaming the animators and society back in that time. Were they didn't believe in equal rights and people felt a race was superior to the other. That really ruined the cartoon.

But I wouldn't be surprised to see stuff like this considering this short was produced by Warner Brothers...

Sigh.


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