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Western Animation / The Adventures of Paddy the Pelican

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The Adventures of Paddy the Pelican is a black and white cartoon that aired in Syndication in the 1950s. It was created and voiced by the same person: Sam Singer. Little is known about it: the 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 have been produced slightly later; the end titles have 1954 copyrights, but those may have been added later on.

The cartoon is six short episodes. Almost all 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.

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  • 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 the Pelican.
  • Annoying Laugh: The vocalizations during the opening theme try to sound like a pelican squawking, but they end up sounding like Sam Singer going "HA HA HA HA-HA-HA HA-HAW!"
  • Antagonist Title: Pirate Pete is the villain of the titular episode.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Freddie Fox, who almost gets Paddy thrown in jail.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Almost all of the animals.
  • 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.
  • World of Funny Animals: Yup, every character in this show is a funny animal.


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