Susie the Little Blue Coupe

Susie the Little Blue Coupe is a 1952 animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released by RKO Radio Pictures on June 6, 1952.[1][2] The eight-minute film was directed by Clyde Geronimi and based on an original short-story by Bill Peet. The story was adapted for the screen by Peet and Don DaGradi.

Susie the Little Blue Coupe
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Directed byClyde Geronimi
Story byBill Peet (story & adaptation)
Don DaGradi (adaptation)
Produced byWalt Disney
StarringStan Freberg
Narrated bySterling Holloway
Music byPaul J. Smith
Animation byBob Carlson
Ollie Johnston
Hal King
Cliff Nordberg
George Rowley (effects)
Layouts byHugh Hennesy
Don Griffith
Backgrounds byRalph Hulett
Production
company
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • June 6, 1952 (1952-06-06)
Running time
7 minutes 36 seconds
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

PlotEdit

Susie is a small blue coupe on display in a dealer showroom. She eventually is bought by a well-to-do man who is instantly smitten with her. Thrust into high society, she finds herself surrounded by much larger, faster and more luxurious cars, but eventually makes do. Her owner treats the car well but neglects to maintain her, and after years of wear and tear, the car stops running properly; the man, informed by his mechanic that Susie will need a massive overhaul, abandons her for a new vehicle. At a used car lot, Susie is purchased again, but the new owner, a cigar-smoking drunk who lives in a seedier part of town, does not treat the car with the same fondness as the first owner and leaves her on the curbside at night.

One night, the coupe is stolen, chased by the police and crashed; presumed "dead", she is sent to a junkyard. She shows stirrings of life, even in her wrecked state, and a young man notices and buys her at a bargain price. With the help of his friends, the young man completely restores and revives Susie as a brand new hot rod. An overjoyed and like-new Susie rides off.[3]

Home mediaEdit

The DVD release of The Love Bug featured this short as a special feature.[4] The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad DVD also features the short as a bonus episode on the DVD's trivia section.[5]

It also appeared on the It's A Small World of Fun Vol. 2 DVD.[6]

LegacyEdit

The film's method of anthropomorphizing the cars, using the windshield for the eyes and eyelids, served as a stylistic inspiration for the 2006 Disney-Pixar animated feature, Cars and its sequels and spin-offs.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Susie the Little Blue Coupe is Released - D23
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 153. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7.
  3. ^ Internet Archive
  4. ^ The Love Bug: Special Edition on DVDizzy
  5. ^ The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on DVDizzy
  6. ^ Walt Disney's It's a Small World of Fun! Volume 2 on DVDizzy
  7. ^ Wallis, Michael (2015). The Art of Cars. Suzanne Fitzgerald. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books LLC. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-4521-4722-2. OCLC 927106064.

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