The Last Straw (1934)

The Last Straw (1934)
Article 5905 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 12-18-2020
Directed by Frank Moser and Paul Terry
Voice cast unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Terrytoons

When a crabby patriarch refuses to accept a baby delivered by the stork, the baby has to find a way to win the patriarch’s good graces.

It’s beginning to occur to me just how weird a lot of the Terrytoon cartoons were. There’s an occasional clever idea; I like in this one that the coming of the storks is not considered a happy event, but rather a disaster to be avoided. However, the execution is not up to the ideas, and the story arcs are pretty contrived; the cartoon tosses in the LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD story about half way through in order to find a way for the baby to get hold of a roasted turkey. In the end, my response to the cartoon as a whole is a confused shrug. It’s another Terrytoon that doesn’t really work.

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