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Little Lulu is the nickname for Lulu Moppet, a comic strip character created in 1935 by Marjorie Henderson Buell. The character debuted in The Saturday Evening Post on 23 February 1935 in a single panel, appearing as a flower girl at a wedding and strewing the aisle with banana peels. Little Lulu replaced Carl Anderson's Henry, which had been picked up for distribution by King Features Syndicate. The Little Lulu panel continued to run weekly in The Saturday Evening Post until 30 December 1944.
Little Lulu was created as a result of Anderson's success. Schlesinger Library curator Kathryn Allamong Jacob wrote:
Lulu was born in 1935, when The Saturday Evening Post asked Buell to create a successor to the magazine’s Henry, Carl Anderson’s stout, mute little boy, who was moving on to national syndication. The result was Little Lulu, the resourceful, equally silent (at first) little girl whose loopy curls were reminiscent of the artist’s own as a girl. Buell explained to a reporter, "I wanted a girl because a girl could get away with more fresh stunts that in a small boy would seem boorish".
My memory, if it serves me, is of a little girl, who always gets in trouble. I have an episode on VHS that i recorded ages ago and every time i fall upon it(always accidentally) i can't help but think how marvelous it was to have such imagination. I watch it and think whoever made this was clearly on acid but it was 1947, so not likely. Which makes the animation so much more potent. The colors... I wish i could get my hands on it. It's like people assume that the more technology we have access to the greater the potential for animated art, but when i look back to Little Lulu i can't help but be stunned by all they could do with only their minds and a pencil. I wish animation would take a few steps back rather than concentrate on feeding the split-second attention spans of today's youth.