Apple Andy (1946)
Article 5712 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Dick Lundy
Featuring the voices of Sara Berner, Del Porter, Lionel Stander
What it is: Walter Lantz cartoon
Andy Panda is tempted by the devil to steal apples from an orchard.
I started watching this one under the impression that it would be fairly slight on the fantastic content as it wasn’t listed in any of my sources, but when the devil and angel show up as dueling sides of Andy Panda’s psyche, we’re officially in fantastic territory, albeit in a somewhat cliched fashion. That’s not all, by the way. The cartoon features a rather surreal dream sequence involving dancing apple cores, and lifts from the Warner Brothers cartoon PIGS IS PIGS by having Andy strapped to a chair in a big machine and force-fed apples. Still, being derivative isn’t the same thing as being bad, and this one is a lot better than the previous Walter Lantz cartoon I reviewed; there are a few decent laughs here. On a side note, Lionel Stander voices the devil, and the angel kicks some serious butt towards the end of this one.