Willie tells his friend that he was once a cowboy.

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Willie and a friend are playing Cowboys and Indians when they happen across a statue of a pistol-wielding Poncho Villa. In an attempt to prove that he too is a tough guy, Willie spins a tall tale about his former life as a cowboy. Willie's girlfriend is harassed by another cowboy in a saloon where she dances. Willie engages in a gunfight to defend her honor. Meanwhile, Willie's horse is drinking beer from an unattended barrel. When the cowboy kidnaps Willie's girlfriend, he and his drunken horse must follow. A combination of creativity and haphazard luck allow Willie to save his girlfriend from the cowboy and his gang. Written by Melissa

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20 September 1934 (USA)  »

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The final Willie Whopper cartoon.
8 February 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In 1930, Ub Iwerks left the Disney company and set out to make his own cartoons. After all, he was a huge creative force at Walt's company and helped create Mickey Mouse and many great early Disney cartoons. Unfortunately, his early films outside of Disney were rather poor and his first regular character, Flip the Frog, as dull as can be. Fortunately, a couple years later, Ub hit upon the Willi Whopper character--a likable little liar who tells HUGE stories about his supposed exploits.

This is the final Willie cartoon and for the next two years Iwerks would switch to his color cartoons...which looked great but often were inferior to the Willie cartoons because they lacked the humor and likability of the kid.

In this somewhat ordinary installment, Willie is in Arizona--near the Mexican border during the time of the old west. His girl is kidnapped by a bandit and he spends the rest of the film tracking him and his gang down and distributing justice!


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