One Little Indian (1954)

One Little Indian (1954)
Article 6055 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-30-2022
Directed by Grant Munro
Voice cast unknown
Country: Canada
What it is: Animated puppet safety short.

An Indian boy magician arrives in the big city as part of a rodeo. Though he proves to be an adept magician, will he be able deal with dangerous traffic in the big city?

Though now the company is the province of making available old sex and porn footage, there was a time when Something Weird Video dealt with other films as well. One interesting thing that they did was to throw in extras at the end of their VHS releases; my copy of the Mexican LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD tape ended with a variety of kiddie movie trailers and this rather obscure Canadian safety short; there’s very little info about it on IMDB. The only reason this one qualifies is that the boy is a magician (the short opens with him performing his act); had his profession been something else, I wouldn’t be covering it. As it is, it’s a pretty ordinary affair; the animation is so-so at best and the messages are pretty obvious. Nevertheless, it is a pleasure to discover that you have a hidden obscurity on the edges of your collection that you might have never found if you had struck out to look for it on your own.


The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

The Cat from Outer Space (1978)
Article 6054 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-29-2022
Directed by Ted Key
Featuring Ken Barry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan
Country: USA
What it is: Shopping Cart movie

A space alien who looks like a cat makes an emergency landing on Earth, but his saucer is carried off by the military. The alien befriends some scientists to help him regain his saucer and return to space.

First, a little personal history. I’d been hearing about and seeing the ads for the various Disney shopping cart movies for years before this one came out, and frankly, they looked like they’d be tremendous fun. However, I’d never found the time or opportunity to see any until this one showed up at my local drive-in when I was 19 and had access to the family car. And…. I was underwhelmed. The hilarious humor I expected turned out to be tepid and forced, and the sense of wonder was also left empty-handed. I left the drive-in crestfallen and a little depressed.

That was forty-four years ago, and since then I started this movie-watching project and found the time to see many of the earlier Disney movies of this ilk (some of which I found delightful) and revisiting this one after all that time makes me feel like I’m closing the circle on the genre. Since then this movie has gained a certain amount of fame due partly to the fact there are a few striking similarities between it and Spielberg’s E.T.: THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL. Me, I was interested in seeing if I felt any differently about it than when I saw it the first time. Well, I will admit to liking it a hair better this time, largely because I’ve come to appreciate the comfort of seeing a bunch of familiar faces, and there are plenty here. But the laughs still aren’t there; I rarely cracked a smile in watching this, and that’s especially true for the final third of the movie. Where other shopping cart movies would go for the big wild laughs at this point, this one just tries to be a thriller, but just falls flat.

As far as I know, this one marks the end of the era of the original run of Disney shopping cart movies; feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. Still, I will say this in the movie’s defense; as disappointing as it was, it was still far better than an ersatz Disney shopping cart movie from 1981 called EARTHBOUND. The less said about that one, the better.

E Movies

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E piu facile che un cammello… (1950)

E.T.: The Extraterrestrial (1982)

L’ecrin du rajah (1906)

Eagle of the Night (1928)

Earth Bound (1981)

The Earth Dies Screaming (1965)

Earth II (1971)

Earth vs the Flying Saucers (1956)

Earth vs the Spider (1958)

Earthbound (1940)

Earthquake (1974)

Easy Street (1917)

Eaten Alive (1977)

Eaten Alive! (1980)

Eating Raoul (1982)

An Eccentric Burglary (1905)

Echoes (1982)

The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and the Moon (1907)

Edgar Allan Poe (1909)

Education for Death: The Making of a Nazi (1943)

Eegah! (1962)

The Eerie Midnight Horror Show (1974)

Egghead’s Robot (1970)

Ego zvali Robert (1967)

The Egyptian Mummy (1914)

8 1/2 (1963)

Eight Girls in a Barrel (1900)

El que murio de amor (1945)

Electric Dreams (1984)

Electric Earthquake (1942)

Electric Eskimo (1979)

The Electric Grandmother (1982)

The Electric Hotel (1908)

The Electric House (1922)

Electric Transformation (1909)

Electrocuting an Elephant (1903)

Elephant Boy (1937)

The Elephant Man (1980)

The Elephant Man (1982)

The Elf and Mr. Little (1953)

Eliminators (1986)

Eliza on Ice (1944)

Ella Lola, a la Trilby (1898)

Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977)

The Embalmer (1966)

Embryo (1976)

The Emerald Isle (1949)

The Emerald of Artatama (1969)

Empire of Ash II (1988)

The Empire of Dracula (1967)

Empire of Passion (1978)

Empire of the Ants (1977)

En Route (1910)

The Enchanted Cottage (1924)

The Enchanted Cottage (1945)

The Enchanted Drawing (1900)

The Enchanted Forest (1945)

The Enchanted Glasses (1907)

The Enchanted Sedan-Chair (1905)

The Enchanted Well (1903)

Enchanting Shadow (1960)

Encounter with the Unknown (1973)

End of August at the Hotel Ozone (1967)

The End of the World (1916)

The End of the World (1931)

End of the World (1977)

Endangered Species (1982)

Endgame (1983)

Endless Night (1971)

Enemy from Space (1957)

Engineer Garin’s Hyperboloid (1965)

Enoken no Tobisuke boken ryoko (1949)

Entente cordiale (1912)

Enter the Devil (1972)

Enter the Dragon (1973)

The Entity (1981)

Entr’acte (1924)

L’Epee du spirite (1910)

Episodes in the Life of a Gin Bottle (1925)

Equinox (1970)

Equinozio (1971)

Eraserhead (1977)

Erdgeist (1923)

Erlibnisse der Puppe (1966)

The Erotic Three (1969)

Escalofrio diabolico (1972)

Escape (1937)

Escape (1971)

Escape From Galaxy 3 (1981)

Escape From New York (1981)

Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

Escape in the Fog (1945)

Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

Les Escargots (1966)

Escape from the Bronx (1983)

Escapement (1958)

L’Esorciccio (1975)

Espionage in Tangier (1965)

Estigma (1980)

Eternal Evil (1985)

The Eternal Return (1943)

Eugenie…the Story of her Journey into Perversion (1970)

Eureka (1983)

Eve (1968)

An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (1972)

L’eventail anime (1909)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

Everything’s Ducky (1961)

The Evictors (1979)

The Evil (1976)

The Evil Brain from Outer Space (1964)

The Evil Dead (1981)

Evil Dead II (1987)

The Evil Eye (1963)

Evil of Dracula (1974)

Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

Evil Stalks this House (1981)

Evilspeak (1981)

Evocation spirite (1899)

Evolution (1923)

Excalibur (1981)

Excelsior! (1901)

Excursion dans la lune (1908)

Une excursion incoherente (1909)

The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895)

Exo-Man (1977)

Exorcism (1975)

Exorcism at Midnight (1966)

Exorcism’s Daughter (1971)

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist III: Cries and Shadows (1975)

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

Experiment Alcatraz (1950)

Experiment Perilous (1944)

Les exploits de Feu-Follet (1912)

The Exploits of Elaine (1914)

The Explorer (1931)

Explosion of a Motor Car (1900)

The Exquisite Cadaver (1969)

The Exterminating Angel (1962)

El extrano caso del Doctor Fausto (1969)

El extrano caso del hombre y el bestia (1951)

The Extraordinary Adventures of Saturnino Farandola (1913)

An Extraordinary Cab Accident (1903)

Extraordinary Illusions (1901)

Extraordinary Illusions (1903)

The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)

The Extraordinary Waiter (1902)

The Eye Creatures (1965)

Eye of the Cat (1969)

Eye of the Devil (1967)

The Eyes Behind the Stars (1978)

The Eyes of Annie Jones (1964)

The Eyes of Charles Sand (1972)

Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

The Eyes of the Mummy (1918)

Eyes Without a Face (1960)

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The Fly in the OIntment (1943)

The Fly in the Ointment (1943)
Article 6053 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-24-2022
Directed by Paul Sommer
Featuring the voices of Hans Conried and Frank Graham
Country: USA
What it is: Columbia cartoon

A spider does battle with a tough fly.

It’s not the plot here that pushes this one into the realm of the fantastic; it’s the fact that it’s set up as a scene from a horror film; it opens with bats flying out of a spooky castle followed by two bats discussing how all horror movies have to start that way. The spider is played as if he were the Phantom of the Opera and the fly as if he were an East End Kid. I wish this one were more fun, but it’s very talky and short on action; it’s also distinctly short of laughs, and outside of the opening and closing scenes, it’s short on atmosphere as well.

D Movies

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D-Day on Mars (1966)

Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting (1969)

Daffy Dilly (1948)

Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur (1939)

Dagora, the Space Monster (1964)

Dai-sanji sekia taisen: Yonju-ichi jikan no kyofu (1960)

Daikaiju Baran (1958)

Daimajin (1966)

Daisy Doodad’s Dial (1914)

Dalekmania (1995)

Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966)

La dama de la muerte (1946)

La dame de pique (1965)

Damien: Omen II (1978)

Damn Yankees! (1958)

Damnation Alley (1977)

The Damnation of Faust (1903)

The Damned (1963)

Dance of Death (1968)

The Dancing Midget (1902)

The Dancing Pig (1907)

Danger!! Death Ray (1968)

Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Danger Woman (1946)

A Dangerous Woman (1929)

Dangers of the Canadian Mounted (1948)

Danse Macabre (1922)

Dante’s Inferno (1924)

Dante’s Inferno (1935)

Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)

Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939)

The Dark (1979)

Dark and Stormy Night (2009)

Dark August (1976)

The Dark Crystal (1982)

Dark Dreams (1971)

Dark Enemy (1984)

Dark Forces (1980)

The Dark Hour (1936)

Dark Intruder (1965)

The Dark Knight (2008)

Dark Mansions (1986)

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

Dark of the Night (1986)

Dark Places (1973)

Dark Ride (1978)

The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978)

Dark Shadows (1944)

Dark Star (1974)

The Dark Tower (1943)

Dark Waters (1944)

The Dark Wind (1991)

Darkened Rooms (1929)

The Darker Side of Terror (1979)

Darkest Africa (1936)

Daughter of Darkness (1948)

Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957)

Daughter of Horror (1955)

Daughter of the Dragon (1931)

Daughter of the Mind (1969)

Daughters of Darkness (1971)

Daughters of Satan (1972)

Davey Jones’ Locker (1900)

David et Goliath (1910)

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Dawn of the Mummy (1981)

A Day After a Hundred Years (1932)

The Day It Came to Earth (1979)

The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1962)

Day of the Animals (1977)

The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

Day of the NIghtmare (1965)

The Day of the Triffids (1962)

Day of Triumph (1954)

Day of Wrath (1943)

The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

The Day the Earth Froze (1959)

The Day the Earth Moved (1974)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

The Day the Fish Came Out (1967)

The Day the Sky Exploded (1958)

The Day the World Ended (1956)

The Day Time Ended (1979)

The Daydreamer (1966)

Dead & Buried (1981)

The Dead Are Alive (1972)

Dead Cert (2010)

The Dead Don’t Die (1975)

Dead Eyes of London (1961)

Dead Man’s Eyes (1944)

Dead Men Tell (1941)

Dead Men Walk (1943)

Dead of Night (1945)

Dead of Night (1977)

Dead Ringer (1964)

The Dead Speak (1935)

Dead Times (1965)

The Dead Zone (1983)

Deadlier than the Male (1966)

The Deadly Bees (1966)

Deadly Blessing (1981)

Deadly Dream (1971)

The Deadly Dust (1978)

Deadly Games (1982)

Deadly Harvest (1977)

Deadly Intruder (1988)

Deadly Lessons (1983)

The Deadly Mantis (1957)

Deadly Ray from Mars (1966)

The Deadly Spawn (1983)

Deafula (1974)

A Deal With the Devil (1914)

Dear Dead Delilah (1972)

Death at Love House (1976)

Death By Invitation (1971)

Death Car on the Freeway (1979)

Death Cruise (1974)

Death Curse of Tartu (1966)

Death Dimension (1978)

Death From a Distance (1936)

Death Game (1997)

Death is a Number (1951)

The Death Kiss (1932)

Death Machines (1976)

The Death of Ocean View Park (1979)

Death on the Fourposter (1964)

Death Race 2000 (1975)

The Death Ray Mirror of Dr. Mabuse (1964)

Death Ray 2000 (1981)

The Death Scouts (1977)

Death Ship (1980)

Death Smiles at Murder (1973)

Death Takes a Holiday (1934)

Death Takes a Holiday (1971)

Death: The Ultimate Mystery (1975)

Death to Sister Mary (1974)

The Death Train (1978)

Death Valley (1982)

Death Warmed Up (1984)

Death Watch (1980)

Death Weekend (1976)

Deathdream (1972)

The Deathhead Virgin (1974)

Deathmaster (1982)

Deathmoon (1978)

Deathsport (1978)

Deborah (1974)

Decoy (1946)

The Deep (1977)

Deep Red (1975)

Deep River Savages (1972)

DEFCON – 4 (1985)

Les delire des sens (1977)

Delirium in a Studio (1907)

Deliverance (1972)

Deluge (1933)

Delirium (1972)

Delirium (1979)

A Delusion (1902)

Delusion (1981)

Demented (1980)

Dementia 13 (1963)

Demolition Man (1993)

The Demon (1981)

Demon and the Mummy (1976)

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936)

Demon Hunter (1965)

The Demon Lover (1977)

The Demon Murder Case (1983)

Demon Pond (1979)

Demon Seed (1977)

Demon Seed (1982)

Les Demoniaques (1973)

Il demonio (1963)

Demonoid (1981)

Demons (1971)

The Demons (1972)

The Demons of Ludlow (1983)

Demons of the Mind (1972)

Deranged (1974)

Le dernier homme (1969)

Les des magiques (1908)

The Desert Hawk (1944)

Desperate Moments (1971)

La destin execrable de Guillemette Babin (1948)

Destination Inner Space (1966)

Destination Moon (1950)

Destination Moonbase-Alpha (1978)

Destination Nightmare (1958)

Destination Saturn (1966)

Destination Space (1959)

Destiny (1921)

Destiny (1944)

Destroy All Monsters (1968)

Destroy All Planets (1968)

The Destructors (1968)

Detective Felix in Trouble (1932)

The Devil (1921)

The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)

The Devil and Miss Sarah (1971)

The Devil and the Statue (1901)

The Devil Bat (1940)

Devil Bat’s Daughter (1946)

The Devil Commands (1941)

Devil Dog: The Hound from Hell (1978)

The Devil-Doll (1936)

Devil Doll (1964)

Devil Girl from Mars (1954)

The Devil in a Convent (1899)

Devil May Hare (1954)

Devil Monster (1946)

The Devil Rides Out (1968)

The Devil With Hitler (1942)

Devil Woman (1970)

The Devilish Plank (1904)

The Devils (1977)

The Devil’s Assistant (1917)

The Devil’s Commandment (1956)

The Devil’s Daughter (1939)

The Devil’s Daughter (1973)

The Devil’s Envoys (1942)

The Devil’s Eye (1960)

The Devil’s Foot (1921)

The Devil’s Hand (1943)

The Devil’s Hand (1962)

The Devil’s Man (1967)

The Devil’s Mask (1946)

The Devil’s Men (1976)

The Devil’s Messenger (1961)

The Devil’s Mistress (1966)

Devils of Darkness (1965)

The Devil’s Partner (1958}

The Devil’s Plaything (1973)

The Devil’s Rain (1975)

The Devil’s Wedding Night (1973)

The Devonsville Terror (1983)

Un Dio con el Diablo (1945)

The Diabolic Tenant (1909)

The Diabolical Church Window (1911)

The Diabolical Dr. Z (1966)

Diabolique (1955)

Diabolo Nightmare (1907)

The Diamond (1954)

Diamonds are Forever (1971)

The Diamonds of Kilimandjaro (1983)

Diary of a Madman (1963)

I diavoli di Spartivento (1963)

Dick Barton at Bay (1950)

Dick Barton: Special Agent (1948)

Dick Barton Strikes Back (1949)

Dick Smart 2.007 (1967)

Dick Tracy (1937)

Dick Tracy (1945)

Dick Tracy Returns (1938)

Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941)

Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)

Dick Tracy’s Dilemma (1947)

Dick Tracy’s G-Men (1939)

Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)

Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

Die Screaming, Marianne (1971)

Die Sister, Die! (1972)

Les dieux s’amusent (1935)

Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World (1973)

Le Dimanche de la vie (1967)

Dimension 5 (1966)

The Dinosaur and the Missing Link (1915)

Dinosaurus! (1960)

Diplodacus at Large (1953)

Le dirigeable fantastique (1906)

Dirigible (1931)

Dirty Work (1933)

Disciple of Death (1972)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

The Disembodied (1957)

A Distant Scream (1984)

Ditto (1937)

Dizzy Dishes (1930)

Do or Diet (1953)

Dobry vojak Svejk (1955)

Doc Savage the Man of Bronze (1975)

The Doctor and the Monkey (1900)

Dr, Black, Mr. Hyde (1976)

Dr. Blood’s Coffin (1961)

Dr. Butcher M.D. (Medical Deviate) (1980)

Dr. Cook’s Garden (1971)

Dr. Coppelius (1966)

Dr. Crippen (1962)

Dr. Cyclops (1940)

Dr. Death, Seeker of Souls (1973)

Dr. Dolittle (1967)

Dr. Dolittle und seine Tiere (1928)

Doctor Dracula (1978)

Doctor Faustus (1967)

Doctor Franken (1980)

Dr. Frankenstein on Campus (1970)

Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)

Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)

Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment (1954)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1913)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) (John Barrymore)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) (Sheldon Lewis)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1973)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse (1947)

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)

Dr. Jekyll y el hombre lobo (1972)

Dr. Jekyll’s Dungeon of Death (1979)

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)

Dr. Mabuse vs Scotland Yard (1963)

Dr. No (1962)

Doctor of Doom (1962)

Dr. Orloff’s Monster (1964)

Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (1925)

Dr. Renault’s Secret (1942)

Dr. Satan (1966)

Dr. Satan y la magia negra (1968)

Dr. Satan’s Robot (1966)

Dr. Sex (1964)

Dr. Strange (1978)

Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Doctor Syn (1937)

Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (1963)

Dr. Tarr’s Torture Dungeon (1973)

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)

Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)

Doctor X (1932)

The Doctor’s Secret (1910)

Dodskyssen (1916)

A Dog, a Mouse, and a Sputnik (1958)

Dog Factory (1904)

The Dog Outwits the Kidnapper (1908)

A Dog’s Love (1914)

Dogs of Hell (1982)

Doktor Faustus (1982)

The Doll (1919)

The Doll (1962)

Dominique (1978)

Don Quixote (1934)

Don Winslow of the Navy (1942)

Donkey Skin (1970)

Donovan’s Brain (1953)

Don’t Answer the Phone! (1980)

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)

Don’t Go in the House (1979)

Don’t Go In the Woods (1981)

Don’t Look in the Basement (1973)

Don’t Look Now (1973)

Don’t Open the Door (1975)

Don’t Panic (1988)

Don’t Take It to Heart (1944)

Doomsday Chronicles (1979)

The Doomsday Machine (1967)

Doomwatch (1972)

The Door in the Wall (1956)

The Door with 7 Locks (1962)

Dorian Gray (1970)

Dos cosmonautos a la fuerza (1965)

Dos fantasmas y una muchacha (1959)

Il Dottor Crippen e vivo (1958)

Double Door (1934)

Double Face (1969)

The Dover Boys at Pimento University, or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall (1942)

Down in the Deep (1904)

Down to Earth (1947)

Dracula (1931)

Dracula (1931) Spanish Version

Dracula (1968)

Dracula (1973)

Dracula (1979)

Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

Dracula and Son (1976)

Dracula Blows his Cool (1979)

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

Dracula in Istanbul (1953)

Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)

Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein (1972)

The Dracula Saga (1972)

Dracula Sucks (1980)

Dracula: The Dirty Old Man (1969)

Dracula vs Frankenstein (1970)

Dracula vs Frankenstein (1971)

Dracula’s Daughter (1936)

Draftee Daffy (1945)

The Dragon Murder Case (1934)

The Dragonfly and the Ant (1913)

Un drame au fond de la mer (1901)

Un drame chez les fantoches (1908)

The Drawing Lesson (1903)

The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)

Dream City (1973)

Dream Dud. He Resolves Not to Smoke (1915)

Dream No Evil (1970)

The Dream of an Opium Fiend (1908)

Dreamchild (1985)

Dreams Come True (1984)

Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend: The Pet (1921)

Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: Bug Vaudeville (1921)

Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Flying House (1921)

Dreams of Toyland (1908)

Dreamscape (1984)

Dressed to Kill (1946)

Dressed to Kill (1980)

The Driller Killer (1979)

Drive In Massacre (1977)

Drums O’ Voodoo (1934)

The Drums of Fu Manchu (1940)

Drums of Jeopardy (1931)

Drums of the Congo (1942)

Duck Soup (1933)

Duel (1971)

Duel of the Titans (1961)

Duel Personalities (1939)

Dumb-Hounded (1943)

Dumbo (1941)

Dungeon of Harrow (1962)

The Dunwich Horror (1960)

La duquesa diabolica (1964)

Dutiful but Dumb (1941)

Dva mrazici (1953)

The Dwarf and the Giant (1901)

The Dybbuk (1937)

The Dying Detective (1921)

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Mother Goose on the Loose (1942)

Mother Goose on the Loose (1942)
Article 6052 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-17-2022
Directed by Walter Lantz
Featuring the voices of Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Dick Nelson
Country: USA
What it is: Revue style Mother Goose pastiche

A series of gags involving Mother Goose rhymes are presented, often to a swinging beat.

It’s your basic somewhat uninspired array of themed sight gags. There’s a running gag involving Simple Simon, and gags pop up involving Mary’s little lamb, Little Bo Peep, Little Jack Horner, Jack Be Nimble, and an accelerated take on the House that Jack Built. The end result is what you’d expect, and none of the gags really come to life. Not a high point.

Perpetual Motion (1920)

Perpetual Motion (1920)
Article 6051 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-2-2022
Directed by Dave Fleischer
Featuring Roland Crandell and Max Fleischer
Country: USA
What it is: “Out of the Inkwell” episode

A crank inventor is fooled into believing he has created a perpetual motion machine by an animator. However, the clown created by the animator has a trick of his own up his sleeve…

The “Out of the Inkwell” series featured Koko the Clown interacting with real-life objects and people; the cast members listed above appear as characters rather than as voices. Throw in the perpetual motion machine and we’re nudging up against science fiction, though the fact that it doesn’t really work makes it only a nudge, but the fact that the machine interacts with the animated clown gives us plenty of fantastic content. Like most of the OOTI cartoons, this is amusing enough; I like the method Koko uses to repair his torn clown pants. Koko the Clown would reappear in the early Betty Boop cartoons, but would eventually be abandoned.

Pixie Land (1938)

Pixie Land (1938)
Article 6050 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-1-2022
Directed by Elmer Perkins
Featuring the voice of Mel Blanc
Country: USA
What it is: animated whimsy

While experimenting with formulas to grow and shrink things, a pixie inventor inadvertently causes a flea to grow to gigantic proportions. Will the pixies be able to save the land from this monster?

As an experiment, I wrote down a plot description of this short before I watched it to see if I would be correct. I was, more or less; the only thing I really got wrong was I thought the opening scenes would feature the pixies at play rather than at work. The cartoon is so-so; it does try for humor at times, mostly when it focuses on the dim-witted inventor, but ultimately there are few surprises in the cartoon. Oddly enough, IMDB claims that Mel Blanc supplies the voices of gnomes rather than pixies, though I have to admit I’m not sure if I have the insight to tell them apart.

Anna & Bella (1984)

Anna & Bella (1984)

Article 6049 by Dave Sindelar

Date: 4-1-2022

Directed by Borge Ring

Featuring the voices of Tonny Huurdeman, Annemieka Ring, Peter Ring

Country: The Netherlands

What it is: Poignant animated fantasy

Two old sisters sort through old photographs and joyfully recall their lives together. But not all memories are happy…
This Dutch animated short won the Oscar for best animated short film of its year, and it’s a worthy choice.  The fantastic elements do not manifest themselves until the second half of the short, when one extended memory engages in various fantastical metaphors; furthermore, there’s a final twist which clarifies from just which vantage point the sisters are reminiscing.  Despite the fact that it has a voice cast, there really isn’t any dialogue as such; no dubbing or subtitles were necessary here.  Children probably wouldn’t care for this one, and the animation style, though well done, may be a matter of taste.  Nonetheless, this short, both comic and poignant, is worth catching.