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Willie Whopper
Topic Started: Apr 9 2017, 02:33 PM (166 Views)
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Willie was created by Ub Iwerks in 1933 as a replacement for the Flip the Frog series, which had run its course; MGM - distributor of the series - wanted a rival for Mickey Mouse, so Iwerks came up with a little boy who told "whoppers", which would then be depicted in the cartoon. The early Whoppers are Pre-Code and relatively crude (watch for the angel givin' somebody the finger!) and some of the series is in 2-strip Technicolor but the darn things just didn't prove popular, and only lasted one year. MGM fired producer Pat Powers and animator Iwerks and brought in Hugh Harman & Rudy Ising to make a new series of cartoons, the Happy Harmonies.

Our friends at Thunderbean did a great job bringing the entire, brief series of Whopper cartoons to Blu-ray and DVD, and it's a set we very much enjoy - not great cartoons but fun in their early 1930s way. The series...

The Air Race (never released theatrically; pilot film); Play Ball, Spite Flight (reworking of The Air Race), Stratos-Fear, Davy Jones' Locker, Hell's Fire, Robin Hood, Jr.; Insultin' the Sultan, Reducing Creme, Rasslin' Round, The Cave Man, Jungle Jitters, The Good Scout, Viva Willie. Most are from 35mm materials.

Thunderbean bonus material includes three additional Iwerks cartoons, original 78 recordings of jazz themes heard in the cartoons, and more.

Highly recommended.
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I too purchased this excellent and complete set of cartoons. And did you know child actress Jane Withers supplied Willies voice?
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