Molly Moo-Cow and Rip Van Winkle (1935)

aka Molly Moo-Cow and Rip Van Wrinkle
Article 4215 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-28-2013
Directed by Burt Gillett and Tom Palmer
Voice cast unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Cartoon

Molly Moo-Cow encounters a group of dwarfs playing tenpins while she is grazing, and she sees the sleeping Rip Van Winkle. She then decides to try out the dwarf’s ale…

This is the best cartoon about a drunk cow bowling that I’ve ever seen, but that’s admittedly a very small universe, and when you get down to it, this cartoon is pretty lame. Molly Moo-Cow appears to have been a very minor repeating character for Van Beuren studios during the thirties; I saw the name listed in only four cartoons during a two-year period. From what I can see here, I suspect the character had some gender issues; the name certainly implies a female, but she is udderless and talks with a decidedly masculine voice. The gags mostly consist of Molly fighting with her guardian angel (who doesn’t want her to touch the ale) and bowling while drunk. This one is not a high point in the history of animation.

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