The Adventures of Paddy the Pelican

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The Adventures of Paddy the Pelican
Paddy the Pelican title card.png
Behold! The cartoon show from the 1950s era with the lowest number of production values.
Genre: Animation
Running Time: 5 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 11 - October 13, 1950
Network(s): WENR-TV (now WLS-TV)/ABC
Created by: Sam Singer
Starring: Sam Singer
Episodes: 6
Next show: Bucky and Pepito


The Adventures of Paddy the Pelican was a 1950s American animated series created by Sam Singer (who also did all of the voices in the show) that aired in local TV stations of the day. The show is notorious for its poor quality and cheap animation, and is considered one of the worst animated cartoons by many.

Plot

As you can expect from the title, it is about Paddy the Pelican's numerous adventures.

Why It Sucks

  1. The animation is terrible, reused and abundant, because it is actually a bunch of pencil tests that somehow got submitted as finished cartoons.
    • If the animation wasn't bad enough, the screen randomly becomes blurry and dark at times, even though it isn't supposed to be dark.
  2. Bad lip-syncing (Due to reused animation) which looks like it was done by a 4-year-old.
  3. It tries to be like other classic cartoons like Mickey Mouse and Looney Tunes but fails terribly.
  4. The character designs, while not bad, look like generic Disney-styled ripoffs.
  5. Poor, yet very cringeworthy attempts at humor that obviously fails.
  6. The plots are generic and have been done way better in other shows.
  7. Sam Singer's voice acting is awful and doesn't try to make any of the characters sound distinct from each other (plus the fact he did all of this without a script).
  8. Ear-grating theme song that sounds like laughing.
  9. Poorly synced soundtrack that changes from a pipe organ to squawking.
  10. No sound effects at all.
  11. In some parts of episodes of the show, you can hear a dog barking in the background if you listen closely enough.
  12. In the episode “The Land of More” Paddy does not appear at all despite the title of the show. He also only appears at the end of “Pirate Pete”.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The bad lip-syncing and lack of sound effects can both be unintentionally hilarious to some viewers and people (Depending on your POV).
  2. This was the second animated series made specifically for television, so it gets a pass because nobody knew how to translate animated shorts to fit television standards of the day. For all we know, Sam Singer was on incredibly strict deadlines and was forced to submit unfinished work that television stations deemed "good enough" because they had nothing else to air in that timeslot.
  3. Decent character designs, despite looking like they were stolen from Disney.
  4. While generic, some plots for episodes are okay on paper, but were poorly executed.

Reception

The adventures of Paddy the Pelican received overwhelmingly negative reviews the show has a 1.6/10 currently on IMDB making it one of the lowest rated TV shows on the site.


Google gave the show a 13% only with holding a 1.1/5 Google rating.

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Trivia

  • The entire show is in the public domain, meaning it is free of copyright, because Sam Singer and company never bothered to renew the copyright, as would have been required for 1950s works. This means it can be used for any purpose, including redistributing and remixing and can be downloaded for free online.
  • Despite airing in 1950 for some reason the end card says “MCMLIV” which translates to 1954.

Comments


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Nihirichan

11 months ago
Score 3

Nobody:

This cartoon's intro: "HahAHHahhaHahAahHAhHAhAHAhAAhAHAhahA--- HahAHa aHahdh aHa AHAHHA ha HAhaha aHa!"
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DoubleD345

10 months ago
Score 1
Ew, ugly show
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Crs3011

8 months ago
Score 2
The First Bad Cartoon on Television. While one of the first cartoons on tv, Crusader Rabbit came first in 1949. I can upload all of the six episodes as a file on here since it's on the public domain.
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Crs3011

8 months ago
Score 0
Ok nvm since I can't add video files. I will just add the link instead.
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Blader07

7 months ago
Score 0
This show should be a have a reboot, but better. I know it's is possible, because the creator of this show: Sam Singer died in 2001
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Blader07

7 months ago
Score 0
  • Impossible.Sorry guys, i mistake
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DoubleD346

3 months ago
Score 1
Well it is in the public domain, so I'm pretty sure if anyone claims the show they can do whatever they want with it.
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Crs3011

5 months ago
Score 0
Happy so bad, it's hilarious 70th Birthday to this show. I won't do "unhappy birthday" because this show is so bad, it's entertaining.
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DoubleD346

4 months ago
Score 0
Is there actually anyone who like this show?
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I'mABoomer

4 months ago
Score 2
No, I don't think anyone in the world likes this peice of pencil test garbage.
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DoubleD346

4 months ago
Score 0
Good point👍.
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MrAnonymous

3 months ago
Score 0
"REAP WHAT YOU SOW"
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KalloFox34

3 months ago
Score 0
There's a reason why Sam Singer is often cited as the Ed Wood of Animation...
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DoubleD346

3 months ago
Score 0
Big piece of dog shit.
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ThePCGamer

one month ago
Score 0
Sam Singer's possibly first try at making a TV Show.

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