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The Lost Chick (1935)

Passed | | Animation, Short | 9 March 1935 (USA)
A chicken has hatched seven chicks; she locates six of them, but the other, Eggbert, is lost.

Directors:

Hugh Harman (uncredited), Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Elmore Vincent Elmore Vincent ... Old Squirrel (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A chicken has hatched seven chicks; she locates six of them, but the other, Eggbert, is lost.

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Genres:

Animation | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il pulcino smarrito See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Squirrel #1: It's a nut.
Squirrel #2: A nut.
Squirrel #1: It's nothing else but.
Squirrel #2: There's enough food here...
Squirrel #1: ...to last all year.
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Crazy Credits

The ambiguous onscreen statement "A Hugh Harmon - Rudolf Ising Cartoon" has been interpreted as a director's credit. See more »

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Comin' thro' the Rye
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Losing Eggbert
4 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes, Hanna Barbera, Studio Ghibli and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons. With significantly broader knowledge of different directors, animation styles and studios, actually appreciate and love it even more now.

As has been said a few times already, 'The Lost Chick' is fairly typical of Harmon-Ising, leaning towards the cute kind of cartoon with a lot of sentiment in alternative to the laugh a minute and hilarious kind, the latter being the one that a lot seem to prefer (understandably, though am hardly biased against the former). This approach has varied with Ising. In some instances it has been very sweet and charming, in others it can be cloying and too cutesy. Some fit in the former category, others in the latter category. Sadly, 'The Lost Chick' is one of the latter category cartoons.

'The Lost Chick' is not an unwatchable cartoon by all means. It may be underwhelming but there are redeeming values as well. Its best asset is the animation, it's vibrantly and atmospherically coloured and shaded, beautifully drawn and rich in meticulous background detail. The music is another big plus, it's lushly orchestrated, full of charm and character and fits with the visuals beautifully.

There are a few cute and charming moments but they are too few and between

On the other hand, the characters all round are bland and very difficult to endear to, even the titular character, they may have cute exteriors but the antics are easily foreseeable and neither funny or interesting. The story is barely existent and there are times when it drags hard.

Most of 'The Lost Chick' is too saccharine and cloying and some of the distasteful antics render it mostly charmless. Was not expecting a laugh a minute or hilarious cartoon, but 'The Lost Chick' is completely humourless even the sporadic moments that should have amused a little. The moral is laid on too thick and didn't need to be so blatant.

In summation, underwhelming. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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