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Western Animation / The Adventures of Paddy the Pelican

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Wait, the adventures are in the show? Hoo boy...

Black-and-white cartoon created by Sam Singer that aired in Syndication in 1954.

Little is known about it: the titular character was previously used in a puppet show aired on WENR-TV in Chicago around 1950-51, which was also broadcast nationally on ABC. The cartoon might date from the same era, or may have been produced slightly later; the end titles have 1954 copyrights, but those may have been added later on.

Almost all of the cartoon shorts have Paddy star in various antics, though he doesn't really appear in "The Land of More". Noticeable traits of the show are its repetitive animation and overall poor production values.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: At the end of "Piggy Bank Robbery", Freddie Fox is reduced to begging that Paddy doesn't call the police.
  • Alliterative Name: Paddy Pelican.
  • Antagonist Title: Pirate Pete is the villain of the titular episode.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Freddie Fox, who almost gets Paddy thrown in jail.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When stealing Kenny's piggy bank, Freddie Fox tries to frame Paddy by planting fake pelican-shaped footprints. He's revealed as the true culprit when Paddy points out that he planted footprints going from where the piggy bank was hidden, but not to the piggy bank.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Almost all of the animals.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: When Freddie Fox tries to insist to Kenny that it was Paddy who stole the piggy bank, Paddy objects, pointing out that nobody said it was a piggy bank that got stolen. This lead to Kenny realizing that it was Freddie who stole it.
  • Limited Animation: The cartoons are basically pencil tests submitted as finished cartoons. While the artwork is generally decent, the animation is very limited and repetitive, with one-second loops and panning shots being the only movements visible.
  • Tonto Talk: The Indians from "Pirate Pete" talk like this.
  • World of Funny Animals: Yup, every character in this show is a funny animal, except for Beachcomber Bill.