The Tears Of An Onion
Posted: November 27, 2001
The Tears Of An Onion
This is a cute little sotry about a group of vegetable children playing in a garden. None of them want to play with the Little Onion though.
Then the Little Peach comes along, skipping role and offers to play with the Little Onion. All is fine until his aroma stirs, cuasing the Little Peach to cry. Thinking he has done something wrong, he walks away. Just then a nasty looking purple Tomato Worm grabs the Little Peach. The other little vegetables try to go to her rescue, but are overpowered by the Worm. Suddenly, the Little Onion joins in, and the Worm grabs him by his top growth, which surprisingly sets off the onion's gas which defeats the worm. Now the Little Onion is united with the rest of the vegetable children who have adapted by wearing clothes pins and gas masks.
This basic story was used by Harmon-Isling in 1935 as POOR ME, which used a skunk character
who is reject because of his odor. This earlier production is quite elaborate with a mother skunk playing a bellows organ with a redition of the children's Sunday School song, "Jesus Loves Me, This I Know." In this case, "mother" is substituted for Jesus. The mother skunk impresses on the youngsters that they are not like other folks, but impresses on them that they are still special because mother loves them. One little skunk has no playmates because the other little animals don't like his smell. The climax comes when a scat-talking bobcat come along, threatening the little animals, and the skunk family scares him away with their secret weapon.
(See POOR ME under MGM and Harmon-Isling cartoons.)
The Flesicher version of this story is a bit more effective in the climax of the overwhelming odor which is animated to great effect. Harmen-Ising didn't bother to animate the odor effect at all, which is odd considering the great pains they took
with the character animation. The Fleischer version is also simplier and more direct, avoiding the Sunday School quality of the Harmon-Ising production.
An entertaining, sucessfully cute, and unusual cartoon, true to the elements of Fleischer animation.
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