Little Lulu, Little Lulu, with freckles on your chin, always in and out of trouble, but mostly always in.
Using Daddy's necktie for the tail on your kite, using Mommy's lipstick for the letters you write.
Though the clock says 7:30, it's really after 10; Looks like Lulu's been repairing it again.
Though you're wild as any Zulu and you're just as hard to tame
Little Lulu, I love you-Lu just the same, the same
Little Lulu, I love you-Lu just the same.
— Little Lulu Theme Song
Created by Marjorie Henderson Buell, Little Lulu is a comic strip series from the magazine publication "The Saturday Evening Post" which began in the 1930s. The series follows the titular Lulu Moppet and her various exploits. The supporting cast includes "Tubby" Thomas Tompkins, her friend and sometimes tormentor; Alvin Jones, a neighborhood Bratty Half-Pint; Annie Inch, Lulu's best friend, and George and Martha Moppet, Lulu's parents.The character had been adapted into theatrical shorts by Famous Studios in the 1940s. She has also appeared in some television cartoons in addition to two live-action specials in the 1970s, Little Lulu and The Big Hex of Little Lulu, with Lauri Hendler playing Lulu. In 1976, a 26-episode anime adaptation titled Little Lulu and Her Little Friends was created. The Little Lulu Show, a Canadian animated series, aired from 1995 to 1999 on HBO with a total of 52 episodes.
Famous Studios Filmography
Eggs Don't Bounce (1943)
Lulu Gets the Birdie (1944)
Lulu in Hollywood (1944: First of 3 Little Lulu cartoons to have their story written by Otto Messmer.
Afraid of Needles: In an episode of the 1990s Little Lulu, a Badass Biker has been trying to summon the courage to get a tattoo. Near the end of the episode, he observes kids and their mothers coming out of the tattoo parlor with (painted-on) tattoos and nearly collapses on his bike with shame.
All Just a Dream: In the cartoon "Musica-Lulu", Lulu sneaks out to play baseball instead of practicing her violin, and when knocked out by a foul ball, she wakes up in a land of musical instruments, who arrest, try and imprison her for her misdeed. When she breaks out of the jail, she is chased and terrorized by the musical instruments. It turns out to be a dream.
Pretty much sums up A Bout with the Trout as well- Lulu plays truant and goes fishing instead, and bumped herself unconscious into the surreal music video while struggling to reel a fish in.
Cross dresser: In "The Little Lulu Show" episode "Mimibur", Wilbur wants new clothes after he got his clothes torn off by a bear. Lulu helps by giving him girls clothes and a blonde wig.
In the episode "Tubby's Doll", Tubby was given a doll from a Grandaunt who believes he's a girl. That belief was caused because Tubby was wearing a disguise when she last saw him. To get rid of the doll, he tried to take it to Lulu's but, to avoid being recognized on the way to her place, he put another female disguise.
Dream Sequence: A number of the classic Little Lulu cartoons from the 1940s contain dream sequences, such as this one.
Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen: In "Five Little Babies", the boys got their clothes stolen by Lulu and Annie while they were swimming, as revenge for a prank that they played on Lulu earlier.
When the girls went to an island in the middle of a lake, the boys (minus the one left in charge of guarding their clothes) swam there to play another prank. Unfortunately, the boy guarding the clothes found a row boat and decided to go there to give them the clothes. He got caught by the girls, who used the clothes as leverage.
In Name Only: A Brazillian comics company has made◊ an AnimesqueLittle Lulu spin-off of sorts where the characters in question are teens. Teen!Lulu is the leader of a clique composed of Tubby, who has been slimmed down and left his violin for a guitar with which he leads a rock band (in which his buddy Iggy plays drums - Willy and Eddy having been Put on a Bus); Annie, the gang's geek and a video game freak; Gloria, the fashion expert (whose characterization took an 180-degree turn from Alpha Bitch to Spoiled Sweet), and Alvin, who has become a skateboarder and surfer.
It's implied, in the first story arc, that this Lulu's grandma is the original Lulu from the 1940s.
Also, the original cartoons produced by Famous Studios in the 1940s were barely true to the comics, keeping only the title character Lulu and some of her friends as occasional extras. And that's about it.
Public Domain Animation: A few of the Famous Studios cartoons have entered the Public Domain and can be found on some cheap VHS and DVD sets.
Rapid Hair Growth: One story focused on Mr. Moppet lamenting over the fact that he doesn't have a full head of hair anymore like he did back in his youth. This prompts Tubby to use his chemistry set to invent a hair growth formula for Mr. Moppet to use. Unfortunately, the formula works too well, so Mr. Moppet ends up having to constantly get his hair cut, so Tubby invents an antidote that reverses the effect and Mr. Moppet is bald once again.