Swenson the baker is down to a single donut in his shop, which he willingly gives to a blind man who comes in. Unknown to him, that was really an elf, who enlists his friends to fill the ... See full summary »

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... Swenson / Blind Man Elf / Crossed-Eyed Elf / Colonna Elf (voice) (uncredited)
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Swenson the baker is down to a single donut in his shop, which he willingly gives to a blind man who comes in. Unknown to him, that was really an elf, who enlists his friends to fill the shop with all manner of baked goods while the baker sleeps. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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baker | donut | blind man | elf | surrealism | See All (8) »


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10 February 1940 (USA)  »

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A Delicious Finale to Hardaway/Dalton's Tenure
28 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Ben Hardaway and Cal Dalton had a short stint at directing at the end of the 1930's They're perhaps best remembered for directing mostly lackluster cartoons and creating the rabbit that would become Bugs Bunny. This short was the last cartoon with their credit.

One of their strengths that showed in their 1939 cartoons, was detailed character layouts and perspectives, almost reminiscent of Tashlin's and Jones' at that time. I wonder if they were starting to improve as directors.

This short is a very unusual cartoon to come from WB in 1940. The plot follows the basic structure of The Elves and the Shoemaker, but in a bakery setting. A group of bakers, produces baked goods for a down and out baker. They sing a song "The Happy Slappy Little Baker Men" to the pop tune In An Old Dutch Garden. This short feels more like a Disney Silly Symphony from the mid-30's than a WB cartoon that was produced in 1939. Many fans have panned this short for that reason.

I personally have always enjoyed it. It always leaves me craving baked goods.


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