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Little Audrey (full name: Audrey Smith) is a fictional character, appearing in Paramount Pictures' Famous Studios cartoons from 1947 to 1959. She is considered a variation of the better-known Little Lulu, devised after Paramount decided not to renew the license on Marjorie Henderson Buell's comic strip character. Despite some superficial similarities between the two characters, the Famous animators were at pains to design Audrey in contrast to Lulu, adopting an entirely different color scheme and employing the stylistic conventions common to Famous Studios' later '40s repertoire, as opposed to Buell's individualistic rendering of Little Lulu. Little Audrey was voiced by Mae Questel, who had also voiced Little Lulu, as well as most of Paramount's other major female cartoon characters including Betty Boop and Olive Oyl.
According to most sources, Audrey first appeared in the Noveltoon Santa's Surprise (1947), where she was the most prominent member of a multicultural child cast, and was briefly seen in the January 1948 Popeye cartoon Olive Oyl for President. Her first starring vehicle was the short Butterscotch and Soda, released July 16, 1948. In common with many animated shorts of the period, child-like fantasy played an important role in Audrey's early cartoons, which often used dream sequences as the basis of the storylines. In this way, Audrey could ride the clouds with Mother Goose (Goofy Goofy Gander, 1950), attend a wedding in Cakeland (Tarts and Flowers, also 1950), or face an underwater tribunal of outraged catfish (The Seapreme Court, 1954). Slapstick humor crept into the series with the release of Surf Bored (1953), which pitted the precocious little girl against a hulking but ultimately brainless life guard. A total of sixteen cartoons starring Audrey were produced for theatrical release sets in 1900s, several of which were re-packaged for television from the late 50s on.
She was the only character in the series to have their own theme song with vocals ("Little Audrey Says", by Winston Sharples and Buddy Kaye). Some other characters (and certain one-shots) in the series had their own themes, but were entirely instrumental. Two other series, Casper the Friendly Ghost and Herman and Katnip had their own vocal themes, but only after leaving the series.
The pre-October 1950 Little Audrey cartoons were sold to television distributor U.M.&M. T.V. Corp. in 1956. Only two Little Audrey cartoons were syndicated with U.M.&M. titles. National Telefilm Associates completed the refilming of the titles to the other Little Audrey cartoons that were sold to U.M.&M. The post-September 1950 cartoons would be sold to Harvey Comics, when they acquired the rights to the character in 1959. Meanwhile, Olive Oyl for President would be sold along with the rest of the Popeye series to Associated Artists Productions.
The original Little Audrey cartoons were syndicated under the title The Harveytoons Show.
Little Audrey appears as a supporting character in Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure where she was portrayed by Tiffany Taubman.
Audrey is one of the three main characters in the Netflix and DreamWorks Animation's original series Harvey Street Kids. Little Audrey wears her more contemporary clothing, which was quite different, compared to her iconic 1930s outfit. She also has brown hair as opposed to having red hair like in the theatrical shorts and comics. She is voiced by Stephanie Lemelin. Two of her companions from the comics: Melvin Wisenheimer and Tiny also appeared in Harvey Street Kids.
Little Audrey's last name is Smith.
Little Audrey has brown hair with ribbons. She wears a little dress with puffed sleeves, white ankle socks, and black Mary Jane shoes. In the short subjects the dress and ribbons are blue, but by the time of her Harvey comics runs they are red.
In Harvey Street Kids she wears a pink shirt with jeans.
The comic "Little Audrey and Melvin and Cousin Suzie's Dance Party" (issue unknown) reveals that Audrey has a cousin named Suzie who has a friend named Bubu.
In other media
Animation historian Jerry Beck notes Famous Studios animator Steve Mufatti drew a short-lived "Little Audrey" comic strip in 1951 syndicated by King Features. These strips were also reprinted in 1952-55 Harvey Comics.
The Birth of Little Audrey
To recap, Little Audrey was created by Seymour Kneitel in 1946. In the first story, a mother needs a little girl, and finds herself an artist (Nudnik) to paint her one. With one spritz from a bottle of water of life, the painting springs to life with the words "Hi, I'm Little Audrey!"
Little Audrey was never as successful as Famous' best known creation, Casper the Friendly Ghost, but the character had considerable success in printed form. The first Little Audrey comic book series was St. John Publications from April 1948 to May 1952. Featuring stories which depended more on situation comedy than on fantasy, the comics featured artwork done in a style approximating the original Famous character designs (most of them by Steve Muffati). The series met with moderate success on the newsstand, running for approximately twenty-four issues until Little Audrey was licensed by Harvey Comics in 1952.
Initially, Harvey's comic-book version closely followed its animated template, but the character was redesigned during the mid-fifties to conform more closely to the company's in-house style. The general storyline was simultaneously overhauled to provide Audrey with supporting characters such as Melvin Wisenheimer, her ugly, prankish arch-rival, and Tiny, a young black boy. Domestic comedy gradually took over the scripts, as Audrey was shown in conflict with parents, teachers, and other authority figures.
Harvey purchased the rights to all of Famous' original properties - Little Audrey included - in 1958, also acquiring the rights to the post-1950 Audrey cartoons. It was during this time that the "definitive" Audrey came into being, taking on the signature red dress and appearance most often associated with the character. By 1960, Little Audrey was the best known of Harvey's female characters due to her multi-media presence (comic books, television/theatrical animation and - briefly - newspaper strips), although her popularity was later eclipsed by the company's other female characters, Little Dot, Wendy the Good Little Witch and Little Lotta.
Later comic series were titled Playful Little Audrey and Little Audrey & Melvin. In the latter, Audrey and Melvin become less antagonistic and Audrey demonstrates affections for and jealousy towards him, much like Little Lulu had tone with Tubby Tompkins.
During her most successful period, Audrey starred in at least four of her own titles and was a back-up feature in Richie Rich, Casper, and Dot. The character lasted until 1976, when an industry-wide distribution slump brought an end to most of Harvey's line and most children's comics in general. Since that time, the character has undergone several revivals and made scattered television and video appearances, most notably in The Richie Rich Show (1996) and Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure (1998).
In popular culture
According to B.A. Botkin, Little Audrey jokes were in circulation in the 1930s:
Little Audrey is a folk-lore character about whom thousands of nonsensical short tales during the past five or six years — have been told. Sometimes Little Audrey parades as Little Emma or Little Gertrude, but she usually is recognizable by a catch phrase 'she just laughed and laughed'. The amusing incident is typically a catastrophe. Little Audrey sees the humor in any situation. As the character audrey frequently ends her animations by laughing hysterically, it seems likely she is based on this folklore that precedes the animations.
Famous Studios filmography
All cartoons listed are entires in the series unless otherwise noted. Credited directors for each short are noted, in the 60's Audrey Cartoons was made from Rembrandt Films.
||As Santa delivers presents to Audrey and some other children, they slip into his sleigh to repay him by cleaning up his house, often with a clumsy Dutch boy's antics.|
|Olive Oyl for President|
Popeye the Sailor series
|Isadore Sparber||Audrey appears briefly in a sequence where she's seen pushing a baby carriage, while licking a gigantic ice cream cone nestled inside of it.|
|Butterscotch and Soda|
||Audrey is confined to her room by her family's maid for wanting to eat candy instead of a nutritionally balanced lunch. She then dreams about going to a candy land, feasting on every scrumptious confection imaginable, and getting sick to her stomach while candy monsters narrate her painful plight in swing song, admonishing her for the pig she's made of herself, which eventually puts her off sweets.|
|The Lost Dream|
||Audrey has dreams about how dreams are made and cannot resist the temptation to open the Black Door.|
|Song of the Birds|
||Audrey is enjoying her air rifle, until she shoots down a baby bird and is filled with remorse until she sees it survived. The other birds, however, don't believe she's sincere about her reformation (even after she destroys the rifle), until the baby bird proves it. A remake of a March 1, 1935 Max Fleischer Color Classic of the same name. (Actually The Song of the Birds, the 'the' was dropped)|
|Tarts and Flowers||Bill Tytla||
||While waiting for her cookies to bake, Audrey dreams about a marriage between the Gingerbread Man and Angel Cake about to terminated by the Devil Cake.|
|Goofy Goofy Gander|
||When Audrey is sitting in the corner for not paying attention, she dreams about the Mother Goose Land about to be threatened by a couple of comic book crooks.|
|The Little Girl Who Could Fly||Seymour Kneitel||
||Audrey learns to fly, so Jim and Sam Helps her. but she has to try any number of ways to gain enough speed to get it off the ground.|
|Sam's Dance Party||Isadore Sparber||
||Audrey, Pal and her Mother want to Sam's Dance Party, but Audrey don't know how to Dance.|
|Audrey's Doll Sitter||Seymour Kneitel||
||Audrey is Doll-Sitting for Tina, but when 3 alley cats see Audrey, they begin to make fun of her. so They are so caught up in their abuse of Audrey singing Portuguese-Brazilian Carmen Miranda's "Mamãe eu quero" A few minutes later, the whole song stops as Tina returns and demands to know what is going on, Audrey awards herself her own Doll.|
|Butterfly Audrey||Isadore Sparber||
||Audrey whats to be a Butterfly as she Dreams of incests. whan a Butterfly shows Audrey the world of incests a Bee whats to sting her by saying "Stupid Bee". but when she Wake up the Butterfly flies on her nose.|
|Good Billy||Seymour Kneitel||
||Billy plays tricks on Audrey, so she and her Mother set a trap on him until he was good and he won't do trick again.|
|Hold the Lion Please||Isadore Sparber||
||Audrey really wants a pet, but she can't afford one. At the zoo she tries to get a baby kangaroo and seal but their mothers won' let her. Audrey then befriends a lion, who scares away the townspeople.|
|Little Snow-Audrey||Isadore Sparber||
||Audrey whats to Play in the snow, she saw Tina building a Snow-Audrey and Having a Snow-Ball Fighting with Billy. her mother saw a Snow-Audrey, until that makes the Real Audrey "One Lucky Girl".|
|Make's Music||Seymour Kneitel||
||Audrey and her Friends whats to be in the Band, so they played music. but when her Audrey's friends has Measles they won't played at the party when an idea strikes her, she could be "A One Girl Band".|
|Audrey the Rainmaker|
||Audrey is so annoyed by the rain, she wishes strongly it wouldn't rain again. She dreams that drought hits the continent hard that she seeks the Rainmaker for help.|
|Lotta's Cheese||Seymour Kneitel||
||Audrey is having lunch with Lotta, she smells Lotta's Cheese. but Lotta won't let her and played outside with Audrey when the smell came again on Audrey but Lotta ate it up.|
|Law and Audrey||Isadore Sparber||
||Audrey plays baseball with Pal, but she hurts and angers a police man several times, that he chases her, but Audrey brokes the law and she's going to jail when he drowning in a pond. Which is probably why Audrey ends up putting herself under arrest.|
|Dot and Audrey||Isadore Sparber||
||Audrey saw a girl who can remember to dot her "I's". so she help her with Sam and Jim, but what happens when ink splat on dot's dress. until they called her "Little Dot".|
|Dots, Dots, Dots||Seymour Kneitel||
||It was Snowing and Audrey was taking Dot of a Walk, But When Dot sees Dots or Spots she began to Feel Light as a Feather. Audrey tries to Stop her and has a idea. she use Sunglasses on Dot's eyes so that she can't look at Spots or Dots.|
|Be Yourself||Seymour Kneitel||
||Audrey is helping her Doll Named Dolly, Than Go for a Walk until she a Real-life Doll that Dance, Skip and Run that Audrey chases her, but the Doll was Dot in disguise and be punish when Audrey calls her "Polka Spot-it".|
|Audrey's Candy Sack||Seymour Kneiter||
||Audrey has a Bag of Candy from Billy's lemonade Stand. when Audrey put the bag away She then dreams about candy land, feasting on every scrumptious confection imaginable, and getting sick to her stomach while candy monsters narrate her painful plight in swing song, when she wakes up and can't stand no more. but the is full of Rocks, so at the end Audrey has a Bag of real Candy.|
|The Case of the Cockeyed Canary||Seymour Kneitel||
||Audrey dreams she's a detective (complete with Deerstalker hat) on a case of murdered Cock Robin. She chases the suspect; a cuckoo bird (a caricature of Harpo Marx). Mary Canary confesses that she only shot Robin with a cupid arrow.|
|Surf Bored||Isadore Sparber||
||Audrey takes Pal to the beach regardless that dogs are not allowed. As Audrey tries to incessantly keep Pal, she has to rescue the life guard from a giant octopus.|
|Dot in Love|
||Dot is full in Love with a Boy. a Red devil appears, presumably as Audrey's "evil nature" (although too large to perch on her shoulder as conscience and anti-conscience characters customarily do). He convinces Audrey that every time Everyone falls in love, it means trouble for her. then he sends her on her way to stir up trouble armed with a hatpin. until a boy was gone. Dot was now Audrey's Friend again.|
|Little Runaway Car||Seymour Kneitel||
||When Audrey's Mother has a Visit of Dot's Mother and Lotta's Father, Dot was gave Audrey a Ride in Lotta's Car until is a Runaway Car.|
|Cousin Suzie||Seymour Kneitel||
||Audrey was going to have tea with her Cousin Suzie. until Her Mother and Dot know she was having a Party when Suzie came to Visit her. with all the Dancing and having Fun.|
|Audrey's Night Out||Seymour Kneitel||
||Audrey didn't get any Sleep. so her Mother sing her a lullaby to put Audrey to sleep but she start to Sleepwalk and Dot tries to Stop her, finally she Woke Audrey up.|
|The Seapreme Court|
The Award Winner
||While fishing Audrey goes to the seabed and is tried a criminal in a fish court of murder. When she is to be sentenced to the eel-lectric chair, she tries to escape and finds that it was a dream.|
|Audrey and the Pirates||Isadore Sparber||
||Audrey was Shipwreck when she spots a pirate ship. when she was a Cabin Girl, she tells the Pirate Captain that she thrown the Match in the Powder magazine, when her friends has to rescue her.|
|Dot's Diary||Seymour Kneitel||
||Dot has her Diary of all the things she done. She tells Audrey about played baseball with Jim and Sam, and when Petunia hits Dot on the head causing her to forget who she is and she believes she is a mouse, but this time Dot play a Trick a Petunia, or did she.|
|The Mad Doctor|
||Audrey lives a pampered life, oblivious to the fact that a scientist plans on switching his brain (or at least her personality, since no surgery is involved) with that of a chicken, the scientist brings her out to the operating theater, in front of an audience of fellow doctors. Audrey, of course, thinks she's been brought out to perform. she pulls out all Audrey but is pushed away. He strikes her with a hammer while the girl is in the middle of a scat routine, but Audrey quickly revives and becomes a vendor instead, selling hot dogs to the scientists, only to be hammered again. She runs and a chase ensues. finally he got Audrey and placed on the table, metallic mind-switching caps on him and the rather uninterested-looking chicken. But at the last minute, he switches the electrodes (though it is revealed at the end that Audrey cut the wire connecting to his electrode instead) and the scientist ends up clucking like a chicken, while the chicken (with the scientist's mind) states in plain English his hope that the experiment can be reversed.|
||While using her contraption to wash dishes for her, Audrey dreams about aliens with the power to disintegrate. Only Audrey with her superweapons can stop them.|
|Little Audrey Riding Hood|
||Audrey is sent to take a cake to Grandma. At Grandma's house, a burglar is robbing the place, but has to hide in bed from Audrey. Once uncovered, the burglar chases Audrey until Grandma comes to her rescue.|
||Audrey is Reading a book of birds until she hear Buzzy singing. she make a crow sandwich but buzzy has a cure for a Spraint Arm. until Audrey is doing what a book said and chase him, she gave up on Birds.|
Buzzy Crow series
||Audrey has dancing lesson but didn't know how to, so she is reading a science fiction comic book called 'Ace' when she saw Buzzy fishing at the pool, Audrey make a crow salad but Buzzy tells her how to Dance. finally Audrey was a good Dancer.|
|I'm Just Curious|
||Audrey and her Mother came to Visit Dot, when she saw a Doghouse and look all right inside for a party. so she brings in some items like a fan and a pitcher of water, chairs, party favors, emptying ashtrays. Dot and Tina whats to know why, and her Mother was Curious about what's inside. When Audrey takes a look inside, she sees that the party is real. so she goes back in and comes out in the end with party favors and wearing a hat.|
Buzzy Crow series
||Audrey and Buzzy are in Lucky. so Buzzy shows Audrey things are Lucky and Unlucky until Audrey is unlucky and begin to chase Buzzy, when she meets a Black Cat.|
||Audrey and her dog Pal try to spend a peaceful day fishing, while avoiding the mean old truant officer.|
|Audrey's Baby Talk|
||Audrey finds a baby and with her Friends she takes it to a foundling home, where the babies welcome them and become their playmates. Unfortunately, the nurse not knowing that a Ghost was Dot in a towel. Audrey leaves the place in tears. But the nurse and her friends have a change of heart when they hear the babies crying for a Friend.|
|Lotta and Dot's Sandpit|
||Audrey and Dot found a sandpit belong to Lotta, until they join in. they dance and played in the sand until Audrey give up and walks out and pal follow her.|
||Dot what's to be on the radio show, so Audrey tries to help her but she was gone, so she and her Mother want to the radio show try to see Dot.|
|The Kissing Game|
Buzzy Crow series
||Buzzy tells Audrey about the Kissing game, Her kisses Jim and Lotta, but she was trick by Buzzy and begin chase him until she was kiss by her Mother.|
||Suzie has a book of hypnosis, and was hypnotized Audrey to look for Treasure with a help from Dot. until she wake up from Suzie's spell. finally Audrey Hypnotized Dot by Saying "I am now Asleep".|
||Pal so much wants to go to school with Audrey, but she shoos him away. Audrey then has to rescue Pal from a sadistic dogcatcher.|
|Spook a Nanny|
||Casper, Wendy and their Friends celebrating Halloween when they saw Audrey coming to the house they played tricks on her in the end they sing the "Spook-A-Nanny" song.|
Buzzy Crow series
||Buzzy was going south, not when Audrey whats him for lunch. so he tell Audrey about hot and cold. until his gone Audrey whats to go South too.|
|Little Audrey Peep|
||Audrey was Dreaming about Little Bo Peep with pal will look for her sheep, until Wolfie has them. they trick him as a ghost, finally Audrey found her Sheep.|
- ↑ Ramos, Dino-Ray (12 December 2017). "Netflix And DreamWorks Animation TV Reveal Six New Series Including ‘Trolls’, ‘She-Ra’". http://deadline.com/2017/12/netflix-dreamworks-animation-television-trolls-she-ra-boss-baby-trollhunters-captain-underpants-1202224973/. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
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- ↑ "The ETC Sitter," Playful Little Audrey #75 (Apr. 1968). Confirmed in "Little Audrey and Melvin and The Secret of Silent Island" (issue unknown), where Audrey's friend Lucretia (visiting her uncle Bruce Bagley) refers to Audrey's mother as "Mrs. Smith".
- ↑ "Paramount/Famous Studios Original Titles, Cartoon Research website. Accessed Dec. 12, 2011.
- ↑ Botkin, B.A. A Treasury of American Folktales (Random House, 1944).