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Greedy Humpty Dumpty (1936)

Approved | | Animation, Comedy, Short | 10 July 1936 (USA)
Greedy Humpty Dumpty's wall of gold is not enough. He wants all the gold in the sun, too.


Dave Fleischer, Dave Tendlar (uncredited)


Mae Questel




Uncredited cast:
Mae Questel ... Little Bo Peep (voice) (uncredited)


King Humpty Dumpty has a huge amount of gold, but wants more. He sees the sun, and thinks it is full of gold, so he orders his subjects (the various Mother Goose characters) to build his golden wall higher. They comply, and he reaches the sun, but when he does, the sun sends lightning bolts after him, which topple the wall. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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[first lines]
Humpty Dumpty: [singing] I'm Humpty Dumpty, king of wealth / This wall of gold is my throne! / I built it high, till it reaches the sky! / This wall is all my own! / The more I have, the more I want! / I love the glistening stuff! / There's power untold in these pieces of gold! / I've never had enough!
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Humpty Dumpty
Music by Sammy Timberg
Lyrics by Bob Rothberg
Sung by Humpty Dumpty and others
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Golden greed
24 October 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Greedy Humpty Dumpty' did have quite a lot of things that fascinated me into it. Firstly, my lifelong love of animation, which encompasses all styles, all decades, most studios regardless of budget. Second, have always love it from nursery rhyme characters feature anywhere, and there have been frequent examples of them lending so well to animation. That it was made by Fleischer Studios in one of their better periods too was an interest point.

Am very happy to say that 'Greedy Humpty Dumpty' didn't disappoint me at all. Consider it actually one of Fleischer's best late-30s cartoons, as said already one of the studio's better and more consistent periods as seen in the Popeye cartoons. Also by far one of the best of the "Color Classics" cartoons, a very variable series with the 40s efforts being representative of "the fall of Fleischer", and one of the few that actually was a classic and not really anything against it. Rewatching it was one of the things that has aimed to distract me from recovering from the complications of a viral infection that has had me hospitalised all way.

It is one of the few "Color Classics" cartoons where the story didn't work against it. By all means, it is thin and covers familiar ground somewhat with it not being one of the newest of concepts, but in 'Greedy Humpty Dumpty's' case it was overlookable. Because there was so much energy, so many imaginative touches and an atmosphere that was really quite entrancing. Plus its take on the nursery rhyme characters was interesting.

Visually, 'Greedy Humpty Dumpty' is exceptionally well made as was always the case for Fleischer. Not just because the vibrancy of the colours literally pops out at you and the attention to background detail is so rich and imaginative, but there is also the clever use of the innovative technique (back then) of rotoscoping, which still looks great and blends so well with the traditional animation and is neither overused or abused. The music is a major bonus too, full of character and lushness while the songs, which prove crucial in moving the story forward, stick in the mind for a long time. As do the remarkably smart lyrics.

There are other things that stick in the mind. The building of the golden tower is wonderfully done and just loved the use of nursery rhyme/Mother Goose characters here in this sequence and throughout the cartoon. 'Greedy Humpty Dumpty's' interpretation of Humpty Dumpty himself is an interesting one, seeing him as a tyrant will be a shock though. The cartoon is full of energy, amuses and also has a wonderful strangeness that elevates it beyond potentially cutesy level. The lesson is a good and important one, and successfully avoids preachiness.

Overall, classic. 10/10

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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


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1.37 : 1
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