Who is Little Lulu?

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Mar 262014

The other day I wrote about the new retro TFL advertisements. Today Miss Bob recalled that the oval eyed characters behaving less than thoughtfully in the new ads reminded her of watching Little Lulu as a child.

No idea? Me either, but she showed me and then I watched another, and another…

Musica-Lulu (Little Lulu) 1947

Little Lulu, as it turns out is a wonderfully illustrated full color cartoon from the 1930s/1940s in which young the star frequently misbehaves, flashes her bloomers and spins into an unconscious moral story with surreal surroundings. Think early Disney (circa Dumbo/Snow White) meets Alice in wonderland. Great stuff.

Little Lulu was created in the mid-1930s by Marjorie Henderson Buell and debuted as a comic strip in The Saturday Evening Post on 23 February 1935.  From 1943 to 1948 it was made into a series of animated theatrical shorts.  Above is a scene from ‘Musica-Lulu’, an animated Little Lulu cartoon from 1947. Watch some Little Lulu here.

Apparently a Little Lulu cameo was planned for 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but rights to the character could not be obtained in time. What a shame.

Do you remember Little Lulu?


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