Holiday Land (1934)

Article 5236 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 8-23-2016
Director unknown
Voice cast unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Animated holiday whimsy

A young boy, not wishing to get up and go to school, wishes that every day was a holiday. The wind blows the pages of his calendar on the floor, and from the holidays emerge characters to help him celebrate.

This is an early Columbia cartoon, long before they were the home of UPA, so it’s hardly from their greatest era. Scrappy was one of their regular characters, and he’s a fairly generic little boy character , and though he was featured in a lot of shorts, he’s not well remembered today. This particular piece of whimsy is something of animated counterpart to the movie HOLIDAY INN, in that it celebrates several of them (Christmas, New Year’s, Easter and Thanksgiving) rather than any one of them. There’s lots of singing and music, a few stabs at humor, and all in all, it’s pretty much what I’d expect from a minor animation studio at this period in time; it’s pretty routine.

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