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The Good Scout (1934)

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Willy is a Boy Scout who recounts his good deeds to the scoutmaster.

Director:

Ub Iwerks (uncredited)
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A scoutmaster asks the boys in the troop to tell him about their good turns. Willie's attempts at good deeds are shown in flashback. He sees a dog with cans tied to its tail and cuts the tail with his pocket knife to remove the cans. He finds a bully picking on a small child and is rewarded for breaking up the fight by being punched by the bully's target. He lays his jacket over a puddle for an elderly woman crossing the street, but the puddle is so deep that the woman is drenched with mud. She chases the boy and tries to hit him with her umbrella. Finally, he successfully rescues a kidnapped girl and earns a merit badge. Written by Melissa

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Animation | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1934 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Willie the scout
20 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Ub Iwerks's Willie Whopper series of cartoons was short-lived, only lasting a year from 1933 to 1934. On the most part the Willie Whopper cartoons are not great or cartoon/animated masterpieces and it is sort of understandable as to why Willie didn't make it bigger. However they are far from terrible ones either and do amuse and charm.

1934's 'The Good Scout' is one of the weaker Willie Whopper cartoons to me. It's still pretty entertaining though. And this is coming from somebody who has only just gotten acquainted with the series as a huge animation fan. Just don't expect a masterpiece or too much.

'The Good Scout' is on the formulaic side with conflict that is somewhat predictable, it is not hard to figure out at all how it all ends or what goes on in the cartoon.

Willie himself is a bit bland and a fairly limited character, while still being likeable, and the material is also bland and lacks variety. The Boy Scout characters are stereotypical and not for the easily offended.

However, there is a lot of nice background work, smooth drawing, lively black and white and inventive little things. The music is energetic and characterful with appealing orchestration. The cartoon goes at a lively pace, has an appealing charm, is amusing and the tale is wonderfully outlandish.

There are a lot of very amusing and sweet little laughs which makes it entertaining. Although slightly bland, Willie avoids being annoying and he avoids being sickly sweet as well, fairly likeable. Some of the supporting characters are lively enough, like the scoutmaster. The setting is nicely done though it has been handled more inventively elsewhere. The ending is cute.

In summary, pretty entertaining but Willie Whopper has done better. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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