Monday, December 26, 2016

Toons You Might've Missed: Sadie Hawkins Day (1944)

Al Capp's seminal comic strip, Li'l Abner, was adapted into a Broadway production as well as a feature film, but did you know that the folks from Dogpatch, USA, also appeared in animated cartoons?

Columbia produced 5 shorts, beginning in 1944, but Capp wasn't happy with the final product, hence the discontinuation of the series. Not much is known about the shorts, and there are at least two of them available online at the moment. The radio version of the series, I'd imagine, was much more successful, largely because the producers consulted with Capp.

Anyway, check out "Sadie Hawkins Day". Capp invented the "holiday" himself a few years prior to the release of this cartoon in 1944, produced by no less than Dave Fleischer.

Edit, 10/18/17: The video has been deleted. The only other copy available is devoid of audio, so we can't use it.

The video quality's not great, I know, but what can you do? It's just unfortunate that out of all the characters Capp created, only the Shmoo would later land on Saturday mornings, after Hanna-Barbera acquired a license for the character in 1979. Abner, Daisy Mae, and the rest? Not so much. You'd think that with the sudden success of Dukes of Hazzard earlier in '79, there might be interest in Abner, but no.

Rating: C.

6 comments:

Christopher Sobieniak said...

What makes it also pretty sad is that Columbia Pictures lost the Technicolor original negatives of most of these except one Li'l Abner cartoon, in lieu of this, they sent B&W duplicate prints to a studio in Korea that created "colorized" versions of these that saw a VHS release in the 80's.

hobbyfan said...

Oh, kinda like the "colorized" Looney Tunes that were released in the 70's.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Yep, they made watching TV in the 70's seem very sad and tacky!

A few other highlights!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI-OAjD6CIE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLG3cKGun3o

hobbyfan said...

Today, those oldies would be colored via computer....

Christopher Sobieniak said...

True, but I'd rather leave them in B&W anyway.

hobbyfan said...

Ditto.