->''"Say, did I ever tell ya this one?"''

'''''Willie Whopper''''' was a short lived series of cartoons produced and directed by UbIwerks, running for 13 shorts from [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1933 to 1934.]] The series was made as a replacement for Iwerks' previous series ''FlipTheFrog'', alongside his ''ComiColorCartoons'' shorts.

The shorts all follow a [[StrictlyFormula simple formula]]--Willie, a young, eager boy, tells his friends about some outlandish adventure he went on recently, which serves as the story in question for the short--naturally, the stories turn out to be nothing but exaggerated lies (or, "whoppers", [[MeaningfulName hence his name]]). Like other Iwerks cartoons, the shorts are rife with cartoony animation, as well as a stylized rubberhose art style, courtesy of designers such as Creator/GrimNatwick and Berny Wolf. Carl Stalling would also provide pleasant, if pedestrian scores for the shorts. The series was usually produced in black and white, although there were three entries which were filmed in color, and Iwerks still had his cels colored in spite of the black & white footage, to see if he could get different shades of gray in the photographing.

While the series was fairly well received when it was released, it came to an abrupt end when {{MGM}} dropped distribution of Ub's cartoons, instead choosing to distribute Creator/HarmanAndIsing's ''HappyHarmonies'' shorts. As such, Ub abandoned the character and shifted focus towards his ill-fated ComiColorCartoons, with Willie becoming yet another one of many forgotten stars of the Golden Age of Animation.

Fortunately, some of his cartoons have fallen into the PublicDomain, and as such are easy to find, giving his films a chance to see the light of day again.



* Play Ball
* The Air Race/Spite Flight: The pilot for the series, but the original version was unreleased due to MGM demanding more exposition as to why Willie joined the air race.
* Stratos-Fear
* Davy Jones Locker: Filmed in color.


* Hell's Fire (AKA Masquerade Holiday and Vulcan Entertains): The only surviving color print is missing footage, but a black and white print exists which has all of the original footage intact.
* Robin Hood, Jr.: Filmed in color.
* Insultin' the Sultan
* Reducing Creme
* Rasslin' Round
* Cave Man
* Jungle Jitters
* The Good Scout
* Viva Willie


* ArtEvolution: Willie initially looked like a boy version of BettyBoop, but Ub didn't feel he was funny enough, and quickly altered his design to be fatter and lankier than before.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Willie demonstrates this in "Stratos-Fear" when he gets inflated with laughing gas and floats off into space.
* BehindAStick: The fatcat villain of "The Air Race" eavesdrops while leaning out from behind a very narrow tree that somehow conceals the rest of him.
* CatchPhrase: The quote that introduces this page popped up in many of the shorts.
* DastardlyWhiplash: Simon Ligree makes an appearance in "Hell's Fire".
* DerangedAnimation: "Stratos Fear".
* EasterEgg: In "Air Race", one of the shops Willie crashes into has the name Iwerks.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Which is convieniently located under a volcano in "Hell's Fire".
* FlatCharacter: Willie himself is pretty non-descript in personality.
* FlippingTheBird: In a decidedly anti-clerical joke, "The Air Race" gives us an angry St. Peter, who is waiting on the cloud trying to hitch a ride with a plane rider, gets passed up, and angrily flips the bird at him--with four fingered hands.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: In "The Air Race", we get a glimpse of St. Peter at the gates of Heaven, trying to hitch a ride with the plane racers.
* FourFingeredHands: And they can still flip the bird with them, going by St. Peter's brief appearance.
* MeaningfulName: Whopper was a classic phrase for a lie.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Amelia Earhart makes an appearance in "The Air Race".
* RogerRabbitEffect: In the climax of "The Air Race" has a brief segment of Willie's plane crashing into a real life smokestack. In fact, a scene similar to this was originally meant to be done in the original MickeyMouse cartoon PlaneCrazy, but was scrapped.
* {{Satan}}: A cartoony version of him appears in "Hell's Fire".
* SentientVehicle: The plane of the villain from "The Air Race".