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Fishing Tackler (1957)

Approved | | Animation, Short | 29 March 1957 (USA)
Little Audrey and her dog, Pal, take a day off from school and go fishing instead. Unfortunately, a truant officer is hot on their trail.


Izzy Sparber (as I. Sparber), Tom Golden (uncredited)


Isadore Klein (as I. Klein)


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Uncredited cast:
Mae Questel ... Little Audrey (voice) (uncredited)
Sid Raymond Sid Raymond ... Truant Officer (voice) (uncredited)


Little Audrey would rather go fishing than go to school, and she and her dog dodge the truant officer. He catches up with her and gets her to school only to find out it is a school holiday. Little Audrey and the truant officer then go fishing together. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Animation | Short








Release Date:

29 March 1957 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)
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Going fishing with Little Audrey
31 January 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Like as was said with 'Surf Bored', 'Fishing Tackler' is very much one of the weaker Little Audrey cartoons from personal opinion. Not bad as such, just that it is a cartoon that doesn't really utilise what made the best Little Audrey cartoons work so well.

Starting with what is good about 'Fishing Tackler', the animation is rich and colourful, with very meticulous and beautifully drawn backgrounds, a darker but no less luscious colour palette and well-rendered character designs that don't look too stiff. Winston Sharples provides yet another outstanding music score, even in mediocre or worse cartoons Sharples' music was never among the flaws (if anything always one of the strengths or the best asset).

Also love the lusciousness of the orchestration here and how characterful, haunting and whimsical the music was without going overboard in either, even better was how well it fitted in the cartoon and how it merged with the action. The main song is very infectious too.

There are a couple of amusing and cute moments, while Little Audrey is charming without being too sweet and Pal is adorable. The voice acting is good.

However, the story is structurally thin, and is so slight (even for a Little Audrey cartoon) that it struggles to have enough material for the whole 6 minutes it runs. Yet another example also of a Little Audrey cartoon that doesn't work as successfully when not based around a dream or message.

'Fishing Tackler' is very much hit and miss when it comes to the writing. Parts are amusing but others feel tired and too much cuteness replaces imagination and consistent humour. The ending also has too much of a "that's it?" feel.

All in all, watchable but really not one of Little Audrey's best. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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