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Red-Headed Baby (1931)

In a toy shop, a villainous spider threatens the happiness of a red-headed baby doll and her sweetheart, a toy soldier named Napoleon.

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Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
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Storyline

The old toymaker goes to sleep, and his toys immediately come to life and sing "Red-Headed Baby." A red-haired baby doll begins the song. She's soon joined by her sweetheart, a toy soldier named Napoleon. A spider briefly spoils the fun when he descends upon the toys and grabs the doll. It's up to Napoleon to save her. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies #5: Red-Headed Baby See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #5038. See more »

Goofs

When the spider descends from the ceiling, one or another of his legs disappears every few frames. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Red-Headed Baby: [singing] I'm a red-headed baby. / I'm drivin' them wild. / I'm a red-headed baby, / a lovable child.
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Alternate Versions

This cartoon was colorized in 1992 by Turner Entertainment Company, with each frame traced over onto a cel. Each cel was then painted in color and photographed over a colored reproduction of each background. See more »

Soundtracks

Red-Headed Baby
(uncredited)
Music by J. Fred Coots
Lyrics by Benny Davis
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Catchy and cute
9 September 2014 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

The Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies wouldn't hit their stride until the mid-1930s, but this early cartoon will be of interest to film history geeks and fans of early sound cartoons.

This is essentially a music video set to "Red-Headed Baby." The story is comprised of a theme so loved by Disney's Silly Symphonies theme: toys coming to life after night has fallen. It also uses the stock plot of the young lovers threatened by a lecherous villain, in this case an oddly-rendered spider.

The gags are predictable, as is the ending. The title song is catchy as can be/ The short is cute enough, but I expect it will only be of value to those who are already enthusiasts of older cartoons.


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