I was a little thrown by the NRA gag in the middle of this Little King cartoon. From Wikipedia: “The National Recovery Administration was a prime New Deal agency established by U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) in 1933. The goal was to eliminate “cut-throat competition” by bringing industry, labor, and government together to create codes of “fair practices” and set prices. The NRA was created by the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) and allowed industries to get together and write “codes of fair competition.” The codes were intended to reduce “destructive competition” and to help workers by setting minimum wages and maximum weekly hours, as well as minimum prices at which products could be sold. The NRA also had a two-year renewal charter and was set to expire in June 1935 if not renewed.” I’m guessing Van Beuren Studios didn’t hire union animators.
Anyway, the rest of the cartoon is pretty cute. The Little King is always cute. From Wikipedia, again: “…the comic strip often showed His Majesty pursuing a hobby, playing a children’s game, flirting with a pretty woman, or otherwise enjoying himself in an unkingly fashion while neglecting his ‘official’ duties.”
Oh geez. At least the Little King was cheerful and kind.