Andrea/Duck Dodgers here. I friendly welcome every fan of animation at my blog. The goal is to support the love and rediscovery of Classic Theatrical Cartoons from the Golden Age of Animation, keeping meanwhile an eye on Golden Age "Funny Animals" Comics as well as on modern animated productions! Every SUPPRESSED ethnic caricature to be sometimes presented here is just for HISTORICAL and EDUCATIONAL purpose and NOT to offend anyone. Stay Tooned and Enjoy the place !

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

"The Tears of an Onion"

"The Tears of an Onion" is a Fleischer Color Classic released on 02/26/1938. This cartoon is notable for several reasons. First, it's the only Color Classic still protected by copyright. Because of that, it couldn't be included on "Somewhere in Dreamland" DVD collection, and it is relatively rare and unknown to many fans.

Another curiosity is the connection with a Harman-Ising cartoon "Poor Little Me" released three years earlier. Both cartoons share essentially the same plot and both have protagonists with "odor" problem (in H-I cartoon, main hero is a skunk). Even more interesting is the fact that one of the credited animators Joe Oriolo co-created Casper the Friendly Ghost several years later. "The Tears of an Onion" serves almost as a blueprint for all the typical Casper cartoons produced in late 40s and 50s. Most of the basic ingredients for Casper are already here, minus the ghost/horror component.

The main animator and de facto director of this cartoon, Dave Tendlar was responsible for some of the strongest entries in Color Classic series (including "Play Safe" presented here last week). According to animation historian and Fleischer expert Mark Langer, this cartoon persuaded Paramount executives that the Fleischer Studios had the talent to make a feature film that could compare with Disney's Snow White.

We are presenting this rare cartoon with the screenshots from an excellent quality print that has the original Paramount opening and closing titles.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say I'm still keeping up with your blog and enjoy seeing all the information. I especially enjoy WWII cartoons. This is an interesting looking cartoon. Kind of a novel concept. Hope to see more cool posts in the future!

-Speedy's Gal

3:49 am

Blogger Harish k said...

hey, great work as an animator myself i am impressed by ur blog,
keep up the good work!
really nice.

9:17 am

Blogger BrandonPierce said...

Hey, how about posting pics from "Somewhere in Dreamland". Interested in what that cartoon looked like. The characters, settings, etc.

You're blog's still one of the coolest, btw.

3:08 am

Blogger Hammerson said...

Thanks! I will post the screenshots from "Somewhere in Dreamland" and "Poor Cinderella" (another requested Color Classic) next month.

7:38 am

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The quality of these prints never cease to blow me away. You don't just show stills, however. Rather, you include information about all sorts of things, and I love your selections. You three deserve a round of applause. Thanks for sharing these with us.

1:36 am

Blogger Agent Shags said...

Superb! Any ideas as to where I can find this cartoon (Tears Of An Onion)
for sale of trade? Where did you acquire these excellent screen shots!

Damn Burger King!

And yes a big round of applause for you good sir!

Very nice.

7:31 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This cartoon is available in the DVD called Ultimate 150 Cartoon Festival (DVD). No joking!

5:07 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting us know more information about "The Tears of an Onion". I've been looking for this cartoon for years. Great screen captures very clear, how did you do that? Also thanks for the person who recommened the Ultimate 150 Cartoon Festival on DVD. Im going to order it, hopefully the quality is as good as these screen captures.

2:58 pm

Blogger Unknown said...

Your blog is great. Because of trying find the Tears of an Onion I would've never remember the skunk version "Poor Little Me". Do you know where can I find (POOR LITTLE ME) for sale/dvd/trade/bootleg/anything... brings back childhood memories. Hope you can help (or anyone who's reading).

9:55 am

Blogger Hammerson said...

>> Do you know where can I find (POOR LITTLE ME) for sale/dvd/trade/bootleg/anything... brings back childhood memories. Hope you can help (or anyone who's reading).<<

"Poor Little Me" is included among the bonus material on dvd of 1935 MGM film "David Copperfield".

1:49 pm

Blogger National Onion Association said...

This is a great post! I never knew there was a cartoon like this! Do you know how I could get permission to use this on our website?

7:35 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This cartoon is unquestionably the Holy Grail of the classic cartoons!

6:01 pm

Blogger Stendec said...

I remember this cartoon from my childhood, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, to borrow a phrase.
_____As you originally posted this in 2006, and it is now 2014, I believe that the cartoon would no longer be in copyright as I think that lasts 75 years. Perhaps a little editing might be in order.

Was so glad to come across this cartoon again by pure happenstance; it really does bring back some fond childhood memories.

8:13 pm


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