Lulu is put on trial by talking musical instruments for neglecting her violin.


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Credited cast:
Tubby (voice)


Lulu's daddy forces her to practice her violin when all she wants to do is play baseball with the boys. She sneaks out, but manages to get knocked unconscious when a ball hits her on the head. Suddenly, she is in dreamland - or rather, nightmare-land - when an anthropomorphic drum drags her to the Musical Court of Justice. Lulu is put on trial. The judge is a cello. The bailiff is a saxophone. The prosecutor is a clarinet. The complainant is Lulu's poor violin. The jury, ominously, is composed of no one but violins. The charge? "Desertion of her violin!" declares the prosecutor. At first, Lulu does not take the proceedings very seriously. But she soon finds that in a land of walking, talking musical instruments, mistreatment of a violin is a serious offense. Written by J. Spurlin

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violin | trial | baseball | judge | boy | See All (65) »






Release Date:

24 January 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Música de Luluzinha  »

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(RCA Sound System)


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[first lines]
Tubby: Hey, Lulu! Hey, Lulu, come on. We're gonna have a game.
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Trial by Jury
22 June 2015 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Lulu ditches violin practice for a pickup game of sandlot baseball. When she is knocked out by a baseball, she dreams she is on trial for abandoning her violin.

This cartoon-character-on-trial-in-a-dream was a specialty for Famous Studios. The one I remember best is SEA-PREME COURT, which was weird and a bit a gross. Director Bill Tytla does a good job here, casting the trial as a breach-of-promise suit, throwing in a couple of good visual puns and mimicking the disintegrating imagery of waking from a dream.

However, despite the high level of competence in all departments, this one seems a bit tired. Almost any juvenile character could have been used in Lulu's place, No one was happy with the Little Lulu cartoons, not the staff at Famous, not the sales department at Paramount, not Marge, the cartoonist whose character Lulu was. Little Audrey was already in development, an in-house series that would not require royalty payments and which would yield royalty income for the studio. Plus they could reuse the stories: same cartoons, different theme song.

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