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Old Mother Hubbard (1935)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 3 April 1935 (USA)
Old Mother Hubbard is the laundress for the king, but when she finds her cupboard bare, her dog travels to the palace where he winds up performing for the king.


Ub Iwerks (uncredited)

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Old Mother Hubbard doesn't live in a shoe nor have so many children she doesn't know what to do (that was the unnamed but fecund Old Woman), but is living in poverty working as the laundress for the King, who must be pretty cheap. And, to the dismay of her pet dog, her cupboard is indeed bare. The dog is nonetheless sent to deliver the King's laundry, but decides he'd rather ride than walk and starts to hitchhike, inadvertently catching a ride with the dogcatcher. He escapes and his antics at the castle so delight the King that he rewards the dog and his mistress. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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3 April 1935 (USA) See more »

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Oma Hubbard See more »

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The Tunes Make it Worthwhile
21 June 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Old Mother Hubbard (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Old Mother Hubbard does laundry to pay the bills but one day her best friend, her dog, is taken away and soon he finds himself with the King where the two of them sing some songs. I won't spoil what follows but it's really not too hard to figure out. These Ub Iwerks fairy tale adaptations weren't the greatest thing he ever did but this one here manages to be slightly catchy due in large part to the songs. These certainly aren't Oscar-quality songs but they're cute and catchy enough and there's no question that the animation itself is quite good. As was the case with most of the series, the actual stories aren't all that great but fans should enjoy this.

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