The Peachy Cobbler (1950)
Article 5958 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Tex Avery
Featuring the voice of Daws Butler
What it is: Tex Avery’s take on an old tale
A starving cobbler with more orders than he can fulfill is helped overnight by a group of elves.
Quite simply, it’s another version of “The Elves and the Shoemaker”, and since it’s a Tex Avery cartoon, it largely consists of a bunch of blackout gags centered around the concept. It’s an amusing cartoon; I’m particularly taken with the final take on a running gag involving an elf trying to thread a needle. Still, I do have to confess feeling a shred of disappointment with this one. It’s simply that Tex Avery’s name on the cartoon makes me expect more wildness than we really have here; the gags are good, but not particularly inspired. Still, it may be the most entertaining take I’ve seen on this particular story.