Simple Simon and Classic Nursery Rhymes

One of my favourite things is finding something really old that still feels relevant, current, timeless.  While looking for something to do with my sick kid, I found an awesome collection of classic cartoons from the 1930s, and she just laughed and laughed.

Simple Simon (1935)

Based on the nursery rhyme, this short animation produced by ComiColor Cartoons, features the story of Simon’s meeting with the pie man set to the background musical score of the song.

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The short features all of the aspects we know and love from a good cartoon: a classic chase, a circus act, dancing girls, and a lion.  Look out for cameos from favourite characters such as Humpty Dumpty, Jack & Jill, and Little Bo Peep.

 

Greedy Humpty Dumpty  (1936)

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A cautionary tale of greed directed by Dave Fleischer, Humpty Dumpty has a castle full of gold but not content with that he covets the  gold in the sun. He oversees the building of a huge wall, tall enough for him to be able to reach he gold he is sure is in the sun. We all  know how that story ends, the egg and the wall falls from the sky.  Not quite the lovable character we sing about today, the short ends with the cracked egg having learnt his lesson. With a catchy musical score playing in the background, this is a tale you won’t want to miss.

 

Old Mother Hubbard (1935)

hqdefault-1 Mother Hubbard’s dog embarks on an action-packed journey  across town to deliver laundry to the depressed king in this fun tale by ComiColor Cartoons.  Meeting various characters along the way including a dog catcher and several escaping dogs, the hungry dog eventually makes it to the king.  Singing a catchy song that will stay engraved on your mind for weeks the  whole thing ends with a merry little jig that even had us out off our seats.

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