• Aug 30, 2008
Follow the jump to watch the short

Thanks to frequent commenter and tipster "catgirlshyla" for sending in a link to Walt Disney's Susie the Little Blue Coupe, an animated short that originally debuted theatrically in 1952. As you can plainly see, the Disney/Pixar gang used Susie as the inspiration for how to give life to the rides in 2006's Cars -- eyes in the windshield; grilles and bumpers forming mouths. It's just as effective and charming (perhaps even more so) in decades-old hand-drawn animation as it is in 21st-century CGI. The story's very straightforward -- it chronicles Susie's life cycle from new car to used car to junk heap. Don't worry, there's still a happy ending -- it's vintage Disney, remember. Anyway, this is good stuff. Follow the jump and enjoy.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Ah.Redemption.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My 6yr old just got done watching it. He was genuinely worried about Susie.

      He was happy to see her as a hot rod. Then again, he's a car guy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thanks for passing such enthusiasm down through the generations. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thanks for the memories Autoblog.

      I knew my car had feelings.....lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      anyone know where i can buy the whole collection. so much memories with all those disney classics
      • 6 Years Ago
      Susie needs to learn to stay in her own damn lane (I kid, I kid).

      Good stuff, hadn't ever seen this one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So this is why I personify cars so much...

      *goes to hug his car that is warm in the Garage*
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is what "virtual community" is all about. Thanks for the posting. This came out the year I was born -- I've never seen it before. I'm happy the six year old liked it. Maybe timeless classics are still possible. Too bad that spirit of the car seems gone from the Detroit Three. Chrysler selling Viper... too sad.

      Graham
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm suprised that I hadn't seen this before today, considering as many of these shorts I had watched as a young'un. It makes me want to go out and hug my MX-5.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I used to love this when I was a kid! thanks guys.
      • 6 Years Ago
      thanks a lot for the good memories brought back!
      go susie!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good stuff. Thanks guys.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone else feel like this mirrored the current domestic auto industry? When susie was fresh, new and stylish, she was top of her game. She became old and crusty, and no one cared about her anymore. Then she was freshly styled and new again, only in her case she had a buyer!! Everyone, go get yourself a Susie!!
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