Baby Weems
Studio: Disney Release Date : June 20, 1941 Series:

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Synopsis

The story of a small baby who can speak from birth is told through the use of storyboard drawings.



Laserdisc (CLV)

Japan

Behind the Scenes at Walt Disney Studio

DVD

United States

Disney Treasures : Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studios

BluRay Disc

United States

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad / Fun and Fancy Free

Technical Specifications

Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Technicolor
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording

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From Jerry Edwards :

One of my favorite "shorts" of all time. Baby Weems is born a baby genius, being able to talk and out "Einstein" Einstein. The short explores the dark side of someone with such genius - he is such a "national treasure" that his own parents aren't even allowed to see him. It is only after the baby falls ill with a high fever that "reduces" him to "just" a normal baby that his parents are allowed to have their baby back. I enjoy this for the surface humor and the "just below the surface" social commentary. The limited animation has always bugged me - I feel Disney committed one of their biggest mistakes in not releasing this as a fully animated short.

From Paul Brinson :

I saw this short once about sixty years ago and have never forgotten it. It would be nice if someone would do a think-piece on this think-piece.

From Ryan :

It's a pity this short didn't become fully animated, but the storyboard in itself is a work of art. I enjoy the pastel drawings of this cartoon in production as well as the character designs. There is a scene that I particularly enjoy involving Baby Weems discussing one of Einstein's theories.

From Baruch Weiss :

I agree 100% that this cartoon should have been fully animated. The idea of a talking baby is cute, must have inspired the Rugrats and the Movie Baby Geniuses. Despite the fact this cartoon was not fully animated it is still great. I enjoyed the scene where after the nurse faints, she calls all the doctors in the city including a doctor called Dr.Shapiro.