The Calico Dragon (1935)

THE CALICO DRAGON (1935)
Animated short
Article 4065 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 10-28-2012
Directed by Rudolf Ising
Voice cast unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Animated dream fantasy

A little girl falls asleep reading a story about a princess being held captive by a dragon, and dreams that her dolls and stuffed animals go to the rescue of the princess.

The story itself is pretty ordinary cartoon fodder for the time, but in terms of the design of the fantasy world, it has its charms. The world seems entirely made of various clothing materials like calico and gingham; even the animals and monsters are made of cloth. Occasionally specific pieces of clothing can be spotted as well; for one, the bridge that the characters cross is clearly a corset. The cartoon makes the cloth material part of the story material, so it makes good use of the motif. All in all, this one is quite charming.

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