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The Good Scout (1934)

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Willy is a Boy Scout who recounts his good deeds to the scoutmaster.

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Ub Iwerks (uncredited)
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A scoutmaster asks the boys in the troop to tell him about their good turns. Willie's attempts at good deeds are shown in flashback. He sees a dog with cans tied to its tail and cuts the tail with his pocket knife to remove the cans. He finds a bully picking on a small child and is rewarded for breaking up the fight by being punched by the bully's target. He lays his jacket over a puddle for an elderly woman crossing the street, but the puddle is so deep that the woman is drenched with mud. She chases the boy and tries to hit him with her umbrella. Finally, he successfully rescues a kidnapped girl and earns a merit badge. Written by Melissa

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Animation | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1934 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Willie supposedly saves the day...
8 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I strongly doubt that you'll see any of the old Ub Iwerks cartoons on television today--this one especially. The style of these cartoons became outdated by the 1940s and most folks would be rather bored by most cartoons of the era. But what makes this one very problematic to show today are the ethnic stereotypes you see in the scout troop-- very broadly designed Chinese, Jewish and black kids. I've seen many much more offensive cartoons but I could definitely see why this couldn't be shown on television today.

In this story, each kid from the scout troop tells their scout master about the good deed they did for the day. But since Willie either has amazing adventures or he's a total liar, he naturally has the best story. In it, he tries to perform a variety of good deeds with only fair results. Finally, he becomes an uber-hero and saves a girl (almost the spitting image of Betty Boop from the Fleischer Brothers Studio) from a crazed kidnapper.

Overall, the animation is very nice (particularly the backgrounds) and story reasonably enjoyable and fun. But as I said, don't expect to find this one on TV...and I was able to find it at archive.org.


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