Aesop's Movie Fables (Green and Red Cover): Cartoons, Stories, Song, Laughs, Morals, Fun, Movie Flips
. Sonnet Publishing Co. . NY ,
PZ8.2.A254 Aes 1931 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This item is identical with an earlier find except for two important differences. First, this large pamphlet has a green and red cover differently designed from that white cover of a cat showing a movie to children. Secondly, this copy explains why pages 9 and 10 are missing there. That page is used to construct the flip promised on the front page of both copies. Here the Directions portion of the page still remains: Make the Egg Hatch the Cat. My sense is that a child is meant to cut out the rest of Page 9 and arrange the smaller pages as a flip book. I also found separately just the covers of this edition of the pamphlet, and I note that here, though I will not keep that extra copy in the collection proper. I will repeat most of what I wrote about the white-covered edition. This large-format three-color delight has some illustration on all but one page and a full-page illustration on the front and back covers, the inside-back cover, and 1, 8, and 13. There are three original fables, aimed clearly at supporting adult authority. In The Cheese (2) Milton Mouse bets that he can eat a whole wheel of cheese, and Big Brother Mouse holds him to his boast. Milton ends up sick and trapped in the hole he has created in the cheese. Milton cannot appear the next day at the Aesop's Movie Fable Studio, and so his understudy Walter Mouse replaces him. Milton, as Big Brother's note explains, bit off more than he could chew. In The Lesson Squeaky, the pig, boasts that he knows all the lessons. In a not very logical attempt to make the challenge fit the boast, Don Dog, the teacher, teaches Squeaky not to boast by making him carry a gold-fish bowl on his head. The goldfish's expression (7) is one of the best artistic features of the book! Another great feature throughout lies in the initials, e.g., the three mice on 11. Mothers Know Best (11) is simple: Tiny Bear does not want to eat all his hot cereal before a serious day out in the cold weather. The full-page cartoon on 13 turns a hippo's lower teeth into piano keys being played by a monkey in top-hat. A long piece of music, Aesop And His Funny Fables, occupies 14-16. The basic fiction behind the stories is that there is a movie studio producing Aesop's fables, and the animals comprise the talent and the artists. The back cover illustrates the studio. In my years of collecting I had never known that such a series of booklets or films existed. Were any such movies produced? Now how large might the series of either booklets or films have been?