Remember Little Audrey?
By | March 5, 2019
Do you remember Little Audrey? In 1947, Famous Studios cartoons introduced Little Audrey, a character that was akin to the popular Little Lulu cartoon. Little Audrey was a precocious young girl with a vivid imagination and a knack for getting into trouble. She was streetwise and sarcastic. In some comics, she was more childlike, and in others, she was flirtatious and slightly naughty. This could be because Little Audrey before she was a Famous Studios characters, was a popular folk character who was often the butt of salacious, adult jokes. Let’s look at Little Audrey’s backstory.
Little Audrey Comic Strip and Cartoon
In addition to a comic strip, Little Audrey appeared in 16 cartoons from 1947 to 1958. Her first cartoon was the 1947 Santa’s Surprise. In it, Little Audrey was one of a group of cartoon children from around the world who come together to clean Santa’s house for him. In 1948, she had a starring role in Butterscotch and Soda. The Little Audrey cartoons employed a popular trope of the time…a dream, or fantasy, sequence. This allowed the animators to move the character out of a realistic setting and into whimsical fantasy land. This technique was seen in Tarts and Flowers, Goofy Goofy Gander, and The Seapreme Court.