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The Complete Animated Adventures of the Little King

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Van Beuren's rarely seen Little King cartoon series, based on Otto Soglow's popular comic strip creation, were produced in 1933 and 1934. These charming and nearly forgotton shorts are inventive, funny and entertaining, featuring great animation and musical scores by Gene Rodemich and Winston Sharples. This special collector's edition DVD features (for the first time available anywhere) the complete series, including the pre-Little King Sentinel Louie cartoons, plus Fleischer Studio's 1936 Betty Boop cartoon featuring the Little King, restored from original 16mm and 35mm film prints. Contents: AM to PM (1933) A Dizzy Day (1933) The Fatal Note (1933) Marching Along (1933) On the Pan (1933) Pals (aka Christmas Night) (1933) Jest of Honor (1934) Jolly Good Felons (1934) Sultan Pepper (1934) A Royal Good Time (1934) Art for Art's Sake (1934) Cactus King (1934) Betty Boop and the Little King (1934) Bonus features include still galleries, liner notes by Chris Buchman, Milton Knight and Producer Steve Stanchfield

Product Details

  • Actors: Van Beuren Jim Tyer
  • Producers: Chris Buchman, Rex Schneider, Thunderbean Animation Steve Stanchfield
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Full Screen, Restored, Animated
  • Region: All Regions
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  • Studio: Thunderbean DVD
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P4S7FQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Once again, Thunderbean has given us a DVD worth watching over and over again. This time, we get every animated short feauring Otto Soglow's The Little King. With most of the animation coming from the vastly underrated Van Beuren Studios (and his final appearance with Betty Boop coming from the wonderful Fleischer Studios), his majesty has never looked better! These cartoons have been cleaned up and given a shine that looks marvelous. And the sound! So clean. So crisp. Better than they've ever sounded. Thunderbean has outdone themselves this time around.

As for the shorts, they're a definate treat borderlining from slapstick to the downright bizarre. These cartoons need to be seen to be believed. They're a time capsule from a different era featuring a character that should have been given more of an animated spotlight. They're fun fun fun!

If you're an animation collector, this release belongs in your collection. Avoid the cheapy, VHS-transfered releases and get this one!

You're in for a treat!
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A complete collection of the Van Beuren Studios' "Little King" cartoons has long been on my video "want" list. Well, Thunderbean has delivered the goods IN SPADES! Not only do we have all of the Van Beuren L.K. titles, but we have two "Sentinel Louie" precursor cartoons plus the Fleischer Studios' one and only L.K. appearance with Betty Boop.

Thunderbean has assembled this collection by searching out the best-looking and best-sounding prints from a world-wide network of archives and collectors. It's AMAZING that a collection assembled with this level of care and effort could be had at such a reasonable price!

If you love vintage cartoon rarities, do not fail to seek out this collection.
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Another home run for Thunderbean animation. This "little company that could" has a lesson some of the bigger companies should learn. This is how a package of vintage cartoons should be assembled!

The cartoons have been selected based on the best available prints (some of the titles here are actually composites from several different prints) to recreate the entire catalog of Van Beuren Sentinel Louey/Little King cartoons - with a bonus Fleischer Betty Boop thrown in for good measure.

Long neglected and virtually forgotten, "The Little King" can stand with the best black and white cartoons of the 1930's. The surrealistic gags and jazz soundtracks bring to mind the work of the Fleischer Brothers Studio.

This title has joined the other DVDs I've ordered from Thunderbean ("Attack of the 1930's Characters," "Cubby the Bear," and "Aesop's Fables"). A "must have" for fans of vintage cartoons!
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Thunderbean and Steve Stanchfield have made available all 12 of The Little King 1930's cartoons from the Van Beuren studio. (Plus, included is a Max Fleischer cartoon appearance.) They look great and they are fun to watch. Plus, he always gives us extras to enjoy on the Thunderbean DVDs. I have always enjoyed Steve's constant quality for the cartoon fan. This will be a DVD that one will be happy to have in their collection. Don't miss out on this one!
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Anyone who loves animation and cartoons is always wondering what the other studios were up to, since it's so difficult to see any of their work. Van Beuren, apparently, in the early-mid '30s, was up to making these Little King cartoons, based on Otto Soglow's pantomime strip in the New Yorker. Obviously, you can't find good prints of old cartoons just laying around, and Thunderbean gathered these twelve cartoons from France, the UK, and all points west, often reconstructing a cartoon from pieces of various prints. I've wanted to see these cartoons for a long time, but what attracted me to this set was the special features, with on-screen commentary by Chris Buchman, Milton Knight, and Steve Stanchfield. One thing I learned there was that animator Jim Tyer, known for this series and later Terrytoons (the latter still not on DVD), also did Stuffy Derma for the Milton the Monster Show. Stuffy is a hobo who strikes it rich but longs for the simple joys of his old life. This supporting cartoon rotated in the Milton series. There were only four Stuffy cartoons in the entire Milton series, which was released in a four disc set by Shout Factory The Milton The Monster Show - The Complete Series. It's a surprisingly ambitious and poignant cartoon, with each episode as a mini-story, but then the Hal Seeger show, which ran on ABC in 1965-'66, was in every way a top-notch cartoon series, with funny writing, good character design, and comic book slapstick.

The Little King's popularity spread from the New Yorker in the '30s to the wider kingdom of the funny papers, where he appeared until Soglow's death in 1975.
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