The Adventures of Paddy the Pelican
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.
As you can expect from the title, it is about Paddy the Pelican's numerous adventures.
Why It Sucks
- The animation is terrible, because it is actually a bunch of pencil tests that somehow got submitted as finished cartoons.
- If the animation wasn't bad enough, sometimes the screen randomly becomes blurry and dark, even though it's not supposed to be dark.
- Bad lip-syncing (Due to reused animation) which looks like it was done by a 4-year-old.
- It tries to be like Looney Tunes but fails terribly.
- The character designs, while not bad, look like generic Disney-styled ripoffs. (Close to HarveyToons, MGM, or Warner Bros clones)
- The plots are generic and have been done way better in other shows.
- 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).
- Ear-grating theme song. It sounds like Sam Singer is actually laughing at the viewer.
- Poorly synced soundtrack that changes from a pipe organ to squawking.
- No sound effects at all.
- Reused animation that is abundant.
- In some parts of episodes of the show, you can hear a dog barking in the background if you listen closely enough.
- 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”.
- Despite airing in 1950 for some reason the end card says “MCMLIV” which translates to 1954.
- The bad lip-syncing, and lack of sound effects can be unintentionally hilarious to some viewers.
- This was the very first 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.
The adventures of Paddy the Pelican received overwhelmingly negative reviews as it currently holds a 1.6/10 on IMDB making it one of the lowest rated TV shows on the site.
- 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.