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Sundae in New York is a 1983 animated short film (3 1/2 minutes) directed by Jimmy Picker.

The short is basically a love poem to New York City. It opens with a character who is obviously inspired by New York City mayor Ed Koch, sleeping on a park bench. Koch wakes up and starts talk-singing the theme from New York, New York ("If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere"). He then wanders around the city, visiting several landmarks and encountering many celebrities, some strongly associated with New York of the 1980s (David Letterman), and others long dead (Humphrey Bogart shows up as a cop).

This plotless Unintentional Period Piece somehow won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, beating out Mickey Mouse's triumphant return to theaters in Mickey's Christmas Carol.



  • Big Applesauce: Basically a tour of and celebration of New York.
  • The Big Rotten Apple: Played for Black Comedy. The short opens, of course, with Koch as a homeless bum. There's also a shot of Koch on a graffiti-splattered subway car, riding between a scary tattooed thug and a lunatic with a knife in his teeth.
  • The End: Ends with Koch collapsing face-first into his sundae to reveal "THE END" written on his bald head.
  • No Plot? No Problem!: No story.
  • Shout-Out: To many past and then-present celebrities associated with New York. As well as Alfred E. Newman.
  • Stop Motion: Claymation.
  • Title Drop: A visual one, as Koch is actually served a sundae at the end of the short.

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