Alice the Whaler (1927)
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** (out of 4)
A rather bland entry in the series has Alice on board a ship where in the kitchen a large cat and a small mouse are preparing dinner. Soon the boat goes after a whale. If this plot description sounds pretty bad then you'll have to blame Disney himself because this is all that happens. This entry in the series runs shorter than the rest, which tells me that Mr. Disney might have just been out of ideas and throwing whatever he could in order to get something in the theater. This film contains some nice animation but the story itself is just plain bad and there's just nothing that happens. I'm not sure who this short was being aimed for but I doubt too many kids liked seeing the whale harpooned.
Lois Hardwick stars as Alice--one of several kids who played this title role. She and her friends, the animals, are aboard a whaling ship. Much of the time, the film has little to do with whales and consists of some sadistic adventures of a Mickey Mouse-like creature as he tortures animals. Later, they see whales and the film VERY abruptly ends. Could the ending have vanished over the years or was it meant to end this way, I have no idea. All I know is that it really isn't very funny and left me cold.