Lollipop Fields and Robot Makeovers?
April 28, 2009 1:10 AM   Subscribe

Can anyone identify these cartoons? One about two poor kids who dream of a world made of food, then wake up to a feast in their kitchen. Another about a young couple at a future world/technology expo where they see instant houses, get groomed by robots, and ballroom dance?

I had a VHS tape as a kid with a few cartoons on it.
Here's what I remember from the first cartoon:
Brother and sister living in poverty. They stand outside of a baker's (?) window and lick their lips, which the baker sees. Baker goes over and starts whispering to town butcher (?). Mother feeds them cake for dinner, and it's hard so the kids dip it in milk. They ask for more food, but there isn't any. Mom starts crying on table. She tucks them in, their blankets look like swiss cheese. They have this mutual dream in which everything is for eating- lollipop flower fields, possibly some carnival rides made out of cheese wheels and things. They wake up and realize it was only a dream. Then they go to the kitchen and there's a huge table full of delicious things to eat. The baker and the butcher are there. The boy stabs himself with a fork to make sure he isn't still dreaming.
Second cartoon:
Follows a young man and woman as they make their way through some sort of future world expo. There is a bullet train that takes the people to the expo, which is in a tall, rounded skyscraper. Inside, houses are being built very quickly by machines, and a stork flies by and drops a baby in one of the chimneys. The man sits in a robot chair that grooms him- shave, haircut, etc. And the woman steps into some sort of mold that gives her an hourglass shape and a cute dress. I think there's also some robot thing that puts lipstick on her and curls her hair. They go dancing in a ballroom. Oh and I just remembered that they each dance with a robot partner before dancing with eachother. Then they go up to a machine, press a button, and a block falls out. The block unfolds itself and is a totally awesome car. They get in and drive away.

I think about these cartoons more in my adult life than I'm willing to admit.
I'm 23, but I think they're from the 40s. Maybe 50s.

Any help as to identifying them or an idea of where to get a copy would blow me away.
posted by thebellafonte to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: All's Fair at the World's Fair
posted by cazoo at 3:07 AM on April 28, 2009

Best answer: And, Somewhere in Dreamland.
posted by Houstonian at 5:23 AM on April 28, 2009 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: yipskip!
many thanks.
posted by thebellafonte at 7:22 AM on April 28, 2009

Response by poster: Just realized that the same youtube user is responsible for posting both of these wonderful videos. (I wonder if they're single.)
posted by thebellafonte at 7:23 AM on April 28, 2009

Response by poster: And another realization-- both cartoons are by Max Fleischer. (Maybe he's single. Or dead.)
posted by thebellafonte at 7:25 AM on April 28, 2009

Best answer: Fleischer Brothers, actually; and yes, they're long gone. (I have both of the cartoons mentioned on a double DVD called Somewhere in Dreamland.
posted by Rash at 3:41 PM on April 28, 2009

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