See the Film, Read the Book
Many animation aficionados detest Audrey, probably because she doesn't have the temper of Donald Duck or the moxy of Bugs Bunny... or maybe because she's considered a pale successor to Marge's Little Lulu. However, any of you that have read my posts on the matter will recall that I find the cartoons entertaining in a simple and innocent way. They're made for children- generally- although at first the cartoons required a little adjusting (hey- "Santa's Surprise" has got to contain the most broadly-aimed racism I can think of). However, even though Audrey was largely hallucinogenic for the most part, it's hard not to find some sense of charm in her featured cartoons.Once the formula of her cartoons was bullseyed, Famous Studios and Harvey Entertainment moved swiftly and hit upon a market niche that put them on the Wall Street map. Merchandising tie-ins with the theatrical releases became abundant.... even though the characters already existed in print and similar marketing venues, the cartoons catapulted the popularity of Famous/Harvey's holdings and entrenched them into North American nostalgia history forever.
Anyway, onto the subject at hand. The cartoon Audrey The Rainmaker was released in 1951. A few years later, the story was recycled into the comic book, which was printed for a December 1952 issue, #27.
Take a look at the story. Although it was condensed into the five page format, the general idea is still there. Notice Audrey is so narcoleptic she's falling asleep as her mother yells at her... also, unlike in the cartoon, the flowers she's trying to water at the beginning are quite dead....
It is really quite a charming piece of animation history, and as I mentioned before, one of Audrey's best outings. Mae Questel does a wonderful job with Audrey's voice, and the animation and backgrounds are beautiful. There's even that element of seriousness in the cartoon which makes us step outside the romanticism of the storytelling, as we see the entire country in its 107th day of drought- and the depiction of such is somewhat grim, especially the guy who gets his black market drop of water and goes into a heat-induced frenzy.
Also note that the version on the "Harveytoon Collection" DVD set is edited... here is the complete original. I hope you enjoy it.