100 Pigmies and Andy Panda (1940)

100 Pigmies and Andy Panda (1940)
Article 5954 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 3-21-2021
Directed by Alex Lovy
Featuring the voices of Danny Webb, Margaret Hill-Talbot, Dick Nelson
Country: USA
What it is: Walter Lantz Cartune

Andy Panda gets a magic wand. He gets into a magic duel with a pigmy witch doctor.

You know, it strikes me that I would never attempt to make an animated character based on a panda, because I would labor under the knowledge that no matter how much I try, a real one would still be cuter. Still, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be bowled over by the cuteness of this cartoon; the caricatured stereotypes of the 100 pigmies (as well as the stereotype played by the turtle here) definitely place this one in the “not politically correct” bucket. The best thing about this one is that it occasionally makes clever use of combining animation and live-action in a couple of scenes. Outside of that, it’s largely a forgettable entry in one of Walter Lantz’s lesser series.

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