Willie Whooper finds his girl Mary weeping because her mother is being hounded by the evil landlord who holds the mortgage on their house. Willie builds a plane and enters an air race in ... See full summary »

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Willie Whooper finds his girl Mary weeping because her mother is being hounded by the evil landlord who holds the mortgage on their house. Willie builds a plane and enters an air race in hopes of winning the prize money--but finds that the landlord is competing as well. Written by Tom Weaver

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14 October 1933 (USA)  »

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The Whacky Racers
5 July 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I think that Willie Whopper was Ub Iwerks best cartoon series while backed by Pat Powers, releasing through Metro for the first half dozen years of the 1930s. Although in this one Willie is a fairly generic cartoon kid, like Buddy at Warner's or Scrappy at Columbia, Iwerks packed an awful lot of gags into this story about Willie trying to win the big air race in order to pay off the mortgage held by the guy in top hat and handlebar mustaches, who's also in the race.

The gags time in very frequently. Some are pretty far off color for modern tastes, some are weak and some are not well executed, but the sheer number of them means that if you wait a few seconds more, you'll see one you like. Good enough.


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