Mothers everywhere can identify with the plight of the woman in this 1930s animated advertisement, Cookery Nook (Animator: Dick Ovenden, 1931).
Mum has cooked a lovely meal but her little boy takes a bite and exclaims, ‘I don’t like this pudding, Mum’ and refuses to eat it. What happens next involves anthropomorphised ingredients, a milk bottle shaped like a cow, and apricots with legs. This advertisement has to be seen to be believed.
A wonderful, surreal slice of life from the 1930s, it was also possibly the second sound cartoon ever made in Australia (an advertisement for Shell Oil, Percy Perplexed, being the first). Both films were made by the same production house, Melbourne’s Australian Sound Films, and animator, Dick Ovenden (1897–1972).