A yarn about the mythical Leprechauns who reside in Ireland and their crock of gold. The legend says that if anyone succeeds in capturing one of the wee men, the little person must then ... See full summary »

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A yarn about the mythical Leprechauns who reside in Ireland and their crock of gold. The legend says that if anyone succeeds in capturing one of the wee men, the little person must then lead them to where the gold is hidden. Young Patrick, on his 121st birthday---that is correct, his 121st birthday---is permitted to do a good deed, and delivers new shoes to the homes of the poor. But, alas, the town miser spots him and succeeds in capturing him. Patrick leads the miser to the spot of the gold, a tree stump, and promises, as the legend says, not to remove it while the old miser rushes home for a shovel. But, when he returns he now finds hundreds of tree stumps, and is foiled. Young Patrick is welcomed back home with a birthday cake...with 121 candles. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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8 August 1947 (USA)  »

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Unjustly underrated cartoon
10 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Anybody who's seen and liked Leprechauns Gold(released later and with the same characters) will thoroughly enjoy The Wee Men as well. It has all the things that were good in Leprechauns Gold and does them even better. Sure the story, based on an actual Irish folk tale(there are differences but the spirit of the story remains), is very slight, even so for the running time which is two minutes longer than most cartoons.

However it is evident from the get-go that a great deal of effort went into The Wee Men. The animation is truly excellent, the colours are richly vibrant and full of atmosphere in the darker moments and the backgrounds are lusciously smooth, the opening sequence sets up the cartoon brilliantly. The music is not as whimsical as that for Leprechauns Gold, which had more of an Irish feel, but it is energetic and orchestrated beautifully and let's not forget the catchy title song. The Wee Men is not hilarious but there are some amusing touches like in the title song and the end, while the cartoon is light-hearted, heart-warming and a little creepy without trying to do too much or being disjointed. Love the characters too, especially likable and endearing Paddy and the genuinely sinister miser villain(the thing about both this and Leprechauns Gold most vividly). They are expressively drawn too, the animation for the villain is a masterstroke really. The voice acting suit the characters well and again the Irish accents were not a problem personally.

Overall, a lovely cartoon and like Leprechauns Gold really deserves to be seen more. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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