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Be A Sailor - 1937
– Despite his mother’s protests, a little parrot (Petey)
wants to be a sailor like his father. He
builds his own boat on the local lake, only to be saved by a duck (Gabby) when
a storm sinks the boat. Features his
mother singing “I’m-a-Comin’”
when running to rescue him. The actual name of the song is Old Black Joe by Stephen Foster.
Listen to it HERE.
Bookworm – 1939
– In a library, a raven is trying to catch a studious bookworm for dinner. To everyone’s shock, including the raven’s,
characters from various horror books come to life and chase the bookworm. To aid the bookworm, historical and literary
figures come to life from the history and adventure texts and beat back the
monsters. The bookworm eventually
escapes the raven.
Spring – 1936
– A group of elves is in charge of adding color back to the landscape for
spring. The melting ice turns a clock that
awakens a small gnome who sings a song ("Time for Spring") and wakes
up many other gnomes. They set to work mining a wide assortment of colors which
get crushed and boiled and ultimately sent to the surface in a complex system
of pipes. The trees and flowers start to come to life, but old man winter has a
storm still up his sleeve. His actions cause chaos underground; the gnomes
redouble their efforts. Finally, with the help of one late arrival, they beat
The Great Piggy
Bank Robbery – 1946
-- While reading his favorite comic book, daffy duck accidentally knocks himself
unconscious and dreams that he’s “Duck Twacy,” famous
detective, trying to solve the “Case of the Missing Piggy Banks.” He even crosses paths with Sherlock
Holmes. Porky Pig appears briefly in a
non-speaking role as a mustached trolley bus driver whose vehicle bears the
prominent destination sign “to Gangster Hideout.” There are more “Gangster Hideout” signs along
the way, helpfully pointing him in the right direction. Once there, he meets up with such grotesque
criminals as “Pickle Puss,” “Eighty-Eight Teeth,” and “Neon Noodle,” to name a
few. Daffy might be over his head in
facing this tremendous group of evil villains.
Horton Hatches The Egg
– 1942 – The only
classic Warner Brothers cartoon adapted from a book -- Horton, a faithful elephant,
promises to sit on an egg for Maisie, a lazy,
irresponsible bird, while she goes on vacation.
Horton’s famous quote is “I meant what I said, and I said what I
meant…an elephant’s faithful 100
percent.” Much later, after standing and
sitting guard faithfully through rain and snow, Horton and the egg are captured
by three hunters and put in a circus. Maisie happens by just as the egg is about to hatch and
demands that Horton give it back to her, after he’s done all her work for
her. The egg hatches, and it’s a flying
elephant, instead of a bird. Horton
traipses through the jungle singing a very incorrect version of “the Hut-Sut song,” (A Swedish Serenade) originally by Horace Heidt. Horton sings,
“Hut Sut Rawlson on a Rillerah, and a So On So On So Forth…” The actual words
are: Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla brawla sooit;
Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla sooit. Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla brawla sooit; Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla sooit. In a town in
Sweden by a stream so clear and cool; a boy would sit and fish and dream when
he should have been in school. Now, he
couldn’t read or write a word but happiness he found; In a little song he heard
and here’s how it would sound. Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla brawla sooit; Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla sooit. Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla brawla sooit; Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla sooit. Now the Rawlson is a Swedish town, the rillerah
is a stream; the brawla is the boy and girl; the Hut-Sut is their dream.
Hut-Sut Rawlson on
the rillerah and a brawla brawla sooit; Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla sooit. Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla brawla sooit; Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla sooit. Hear the
original (Horace Heidt) version HERE. Hear
Horton’s version HERE.
Falling Hare – 1943 – Wartime cartoon –Working
at a U.S. Army Airfield under the banner "Victory Through
Hare Power," the Master Heckler finally meets his match. While reading a
book about gremlins -- tiny creatures who sabotage ("saba-taj-ee,"
says Bugs) military aircraft -- Bugs Bunny happens upon one such creature,
calmly attempting to detonate a blockbuster bomb with a mallet. An unusually
gullible Bugs chases the gremlin into a bomber, which, of course, winds up
airborne and out of control. The plane finally plummets earthward, giving Bugs
the chance to express his mortal fear in a dozen different amusing ways.
Fortunately, the plane runs out of gas just inches away from impact. Hear the Gremlin
Russian Rhapsody – 1944 – Wartime cartoon -- Adolf
Hitler sends the greatest superman in the Reich (himself) to bomb Moscow. He is
beset by gremlins, most of which are caricatures of the Warner Bros. cartoon staff.
The gremlins destroy the plane and send Hitler to his doom.
Injun Trouble (later renamed
“Wagon Heels”) – 1938 -- Scout
Porky leads his wagon train through the territory of that most dreaded of
"red-skinned savages," ”Superchief” Injun
Joe. Occasionally, he runs into the cross-eyed, gooney-looking pioneer Sloppy
Moe, who knows a secret which can save Porky and the wagon train, but
"won't tell" until the very last minute.
Hardship of Miles Standish – 1940 -- A fractured version of the story of Miles Standish, his love
Priscilla and John Alden.
Beauty and The Beast
– 1934 -- A
little girl is eating too many snacks when she doesn't realize it is her
bedtime. Then the sandman comes out of nowhere and sure enough the girl falls
asleep in the blink of an eye. Just then, she had a dream that she ended up in
Toyland where she encounters all kinds of fairy tale characters. They sing her
a welcome song and then meets a friendly toy soldier for the first time while
marching in a Toyland parade. Just then, they open a book called "Beauty
and the Beast" and sang the title song from out of the pages, but as soon
as they were about to get to the next page, a horrible monstrous beast is about
to take her captive, and sure enough, it's an all-out brawl between the girl
and the beast. Even a toy airplane can't soothe the savage beast. When she
realizes it's all a bad dream, she gets scared, jumps back into bed, but when
she covers herself with the blanket, the flap of her pajamas hangs out when she
goes back to sleep.
Dog Gone Modern – 1939 – (remade in 1948 as ‘House-Hunting Mice’) –
The 1939 version
featured two curious puppies who explore an electronic home of the future full
of automatic devices. In the 1948 remake, the silly mice (Hubie and Bertie) replaced the puppies, resulting in a
funnier version of the tale. In
“House-Hunting Mice,” Hubie and Bertie (mice) decide
to inspect a "House of Tomorrow." Confronted with a large array of
buttons on a master control panel, they first test the automatic record player,
which pitches records to a robotic catcher's mitt. Next, an automatic sweeper
sweeps cigar ashes. When they press the "Laundry" control, Hubie gets picked up, folded and starched. They try to
tackle the cheese dispenser, but the sweeper prevents them from having their
snack. They throw a vase out the window, and the sweeper goes after it, coming
back to chase the mice. The two drive the sweeper crazy by breaking records and
lighting firecrackers, causing the robotic housekeeper to put on his hat and
coat and quit. Bert pushes the "Spring Cleaning" button, which
unleashes an army of sweepers, and the mice are hung like carpets and beaten by
the mechanical sweepers. The house, by
the way, was designed by the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wrong.
Sniffles and the
– 1939 – Sniffles
the mouse takes refuge in a bookshop. He
meets a bookworm, who sings and plays with book characters.
Opera, Doc? – 1957
– Song: Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” in which Elmer sings “Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit,” to Wagner’s masterpiece.
Danube – 1939
-- A conductor, in silhouette against sheet music, leads the title
tune, which dissolves into a series of placid landscapes. We see a beautiful
swan family being followed by an ugly duckling. The duckling eventually rescues
the little swans from a desperate buzzard.
Tortoise Beats Hare
– 1941 – First
Appearance of Cecil the Turtle – The first of three in the series. Bugs ambles
into the credits, and as he reads them out loud, he gets upset and tears them
down in anger.
Tortoise Wins By A Hare – 1943 – Second Appearance of Cecil the
Turtle, and second race between Cecil and Bugs.
Tired of losing to the tortoise, Bugs tries
to beat Cecil using a new, modern design. This time, some sneaky costume
changes and the rabbit Mafia conspiracy seal Bugs' inevitable doom.
– 1947 -- The final
rematch, and both parties promise not to cheat…Yeah,
Right. Also, the final appearance of
Cecil the Turtle.
Rabbit of Seville – 1950
-- Elmer's rabbit hunt invades the Hollywood Bowl, where Bugs takes over the
opera at Elmer's expense.
Long-Haired Hare – 1949 -- Bugs'
folk music bothers the great opera singer Giovanni Jones, as he tries to
rehearse. While Jones wins an early victory against Bugs, it is Bugs who ends
up with the upper hand in his performance that night.
Now That Summer Is Gone
– 1938 -- While
all the other squirrels are diligently gathering nuts for winter, little Johnny
Squirrel is gambling for acorns instead of getting them honestly. His wise old
grandfather warns him that no good will come of this, but it takes a city
slicker of dubious character to outgamble him, take
his nuts, and teach him a lesson.
Concerto – 1943
-- At Corny-Gie Hall, Elmer (as Deems
Taylor) conducts two cartoons set to music.
In "Tales Of The Vienna Woods," Bugs foils hunter Porky and
his dog. Bugs, Porky and Porky's dog do a ballet, with Bugs donning drag to
appear as a ballerina. The second piece, "The Blue Danube," is a
spoof of "The Ugly Duckling," with a baby black duck -- not unlike a
juvenile Daffy -- saving the day when the swans are threatened by a goofy
buzzard. Elmer describes the music as
follows: "Wisten to the wippwing whythms of the woodwinds, as it winds awound
and awound-- and comes out here!"
Little Johnny Jet – 1953 -- An
out-of-work B-29 has
problems finding work in modern peacetime aviation. His offspring turns out to
be a jet. The baby jet plane steps in to help his bigger prop plane father win
Pigs In A Polka
– 1943 -- A spoof
of the Three Little Pigs set to Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5
in G Minor. The Big Bad Wolf is able to fool only two of the
Popeye Meets Sindbad the Sailor – 1936 – PART
1 – PART
2 - First Popeye in color, and also the first of three long (approximately 18 minutes) adventures. Popeye and
Olive Oyl visit the mysterious island of Sindbad
and his two-headed giant, lions, dragons and other fabulous creatures of
legend. Sindbad boasts that he is the greatest until he hears "Popeye the
Sailor" when he asks who's the best. He sends his giant bird, Rokh, to wreck Popeye's boat and capture Olive. Popeye outgrowls Sindbad's lions. Popeye and Sindbad finally fight
it out, spinach-style, and Popeye rescues Olive. Song lyrics: “Who’s the most remarkable,
extraordinary type of fella? Sindbad the
Popeye Meets Ali Baba And
His Forty Thieves – 1937
– Second of the long Popeye episodes. Popeye,
Olive and Wimpy crash their airplane in the desert. After a long trek through
the desert they arrive in a town which is promptly ransacked by bandit chief
Abu Hassan (Bluto) and his forty thieves (Abu's men
mumble as they ride and strip everything in sight as they zip by). Olive is
pressed into service as a laundress, while Wimpy is tied up and forced to watch
Abu Hassan eat. It's Popeye to the rescue, and Abu Hassan proves just as
vulnerable to the effects of spinach as are Bluto's
other incarnations. Also known as
“Popeye Meets Ali Baba’s Forty Thieves.”
Song: “Abdul Hassin Is On His Way.”
Aladdin – 1939 – PART 1
2 – PART 3
- Olive has a job at Surprise Pictures as a script girl when she dreams up a
story of Popeye in the Aladdin tale. Popeye is a poor young man tricked by an
evil magician who tries to use him to get the lamp. The plot fails, and Popeye
uses the lamp to become a prince and woo the princess of old Persia (played
by Olive). The magician tricks the princess into giving him the lamp, and takes
her for himself. Even Aladdin/Popeye and the genie of the lamp (who looks and
sounds like comedian Lew Lehr) are no match for the wicked villain until
spinach defeats his evil power, allowing our hero to marry the princess. In the
end, Olive's story is rejected by the movie studio, and the dream ends with
Olive in a sea of scripts. Song: “What
Can I Do For You?”
Hair-Raising Hare – 1946 -- Bugs is pursued by a
hairy, orange, sneaker-wearing monster through the castle of the evil scientist
with a voice that sounds like Peter Lorre.
Little Black Sambo – 1935
-- A little boy is warned by his mother about the dangerous tiger:
"Watch out for that tiger! He sure do love that dark meat!" Wanting
to scare Sambo, the boy's dog Fido paints himself
like a tiger. He is discovered by Sambo, and the two
play while the real tiger stalks them both. When Sambo
sees the tiger, he turns white from fear. Sambo and
Fido run home, but the tiger gets in the house. The chase is soon on in
earnest. Sambo gets an idea: he puts molasses on the
floor. The tiger gets stuck, and Sambo nails his
behind with a hot frying pan. The tiger flies high out of the roof with the
floorboards on his stuck feet. Fido again tries to scare Sambo
and his mother. He bangs on the door with a rock tied to the door, but gets
knocked out by the rock as it swings back. Sambo and
his mother are relieved and happy.
Politically incorrect, but still a classic.
Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt
– 1941 -- Bugs is
reciting passages from "Hiawatha," and realizes that the famous
Longfellow poem is about him. A goofy little Hiawatha goes rabbit hunting. As
he puts it, "I'm gonna catch me a rabbit and I'm
gonna put 'em right in this
pot!" Hiawatha catches Bugs, but, needless to say, he is no match for the
rabbit, who takes a bath in the soup cauldron. Bugs ends the film by reciting
more passages from "Hiawatha."
Also politically incorrect, but a classic as well.
Calling Dr. Porky
– 1940 -- Porky
is a doctor at the "New
Rightus Hospital." A drunk dog comes in to
take Dr. Porky’s cure, but fails to escape the bunch of winged pink elephants
following him. Pursued
and harassed by ghostly baby elephants, he begs Dr. Porky for help. When Dr.
Porky leaves for the elixir, three winged baby elephants put the poor drunk
through a non-stop series of exams. However, Dr. Porky finally manages to cure
A Tale of Two Kitties –
1942 -- Two alley
cats, Babbitt and Catstello, decide to make a meal
out of Orson (“Tweety”) as he sleeps in his nest atop
a telephone pole. The gullible (and loud) Catstello
is repeatedly gulled into trying to "get the bird," earning a variety
of thrashings from the casually murderous little canary. Catstello
finally resorts to an air strike (with a pair of wooden boards for wings), but
it's wartime, and Orson has the cat blasted out of the sky by anti-aircraft
Love To Singa – 1936 – The Owls are happy with their three
classically musical kids but dismayed at their fourth one, who won’t stop
singing the Jazz, and who drives his classical music professor father, Dr.
Fritz Owl, crazy. A parody of the Al Jolson role in the classic 1927 WB movie “The Jazz Singer”
(recall that this is a story about the son of a cantor who turns his back on
his family profession and becomes a jazz singer). “Owl Jolson’s” parents kick
him out. He goes on the Jack Bunny radio show and his mother walks in. He
quickly reverts from “I Love to Sing-a” to “Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes.” After realizing his talents, the family is
finally reunited. Song: “I love to Sing-a, ‘bout the Moon-a and the June-a and
the Spring-a.” Here’s the “I Love To
Sing-a” .mp3. The words are as follows:
I love to sing-a
about the moon-a
and the June-a
and the spring-a,
I love to sing-a
'bout the sky of blue-a,
or a tea for two-a,
anything-a with a swing-a
to an I love you-a,
I love-a to, I love-a to sing,
I was born a sing-in' fool-a,
Major Bowes is gonna get me,
Got thru Yale,
with Boola Boola,
Ole microphone's got me!
I love to sing-a
I love to wake up with the South-a
in my mouth-a,
and wave the flag-a,
With a cheer for Uncle Sammy
and another for my mammy,
I love to sing!
Daffy Duck and the
1939 -- A
prehistoric Jack Benny, Casper Caveman, wakes up and sets off in search of
breakfast accompanied by his pet brontosaurus, Fido. He spots Daffy swimming in
a pond and tries to nail him with a slingshot, but Daffy escapes the rock by
posing as a traffic cop and blowing a traffic whistle. Realizing its mistake,
the rock comes back after Daffy, but instead hits Fido; the stunned dinosaur
dances ballet for a while before passing out. Casper next tries to club a likeness of Daffy
painted on a rock, which gives him a case of tremors. The caveman tries to jump
in the pond after Daffy, but is stopped by a "No Swimming" sign.
Daffy sets up an array of signage directing Casper and Fido toward a duck dinner --
"the most delicious duck ever." The duck in question turns out to be 50
feet tall (a huge balloon, inflated by Daffy). Daffy hands Casper a knife, and when
he sinks it into the inflatable duck, it explodes, sending caveman, duck and
dinosaur up to heaven. "Hmm, maybe that wasn't such a hot idea after
all," muses Daffy on his cloud.
– 1950 -- Inki and his little dinosaur go hunting for food. While
hunting, a mountain splits open to reveal a mynah bird with a hopping walk. Inki follows the bird, but then Inki
is pursued by a sabre-tooth lion for his top knot. The lion and Inki chase each other around running into a caveman who is
trying to cook a meal (a recurring gag) and eventually involve a dinosaur, who
tries to catch the mynah bird, but gets tied up by the mynah bird. The cooking
caveman finally catches Inki and the lion (to stop
them from ruining his meal), but the mynah bird ends up eating all his
stew. Politically incorrect cartoon.
1950 -- While telling
Junior about his battles with giant mice, Hippety
Hopper (a baby kangaroo) shows up and now Sylvester must prove himself. First appearance of Sylvester Jr.
The Abominable Snow
1961 -- Bugs and
Daffy tunnel to Nepal, where they meet Hugo. Hugo wants to hug them and pet
them and hold them and squeeze them and name them George. First appearance of Hugo, the Abominable
Foney Fables – 1942
-- Various narrated gags about famous fairy tales, including
"Sleeping Beauty," (the prince quietly slips into the room,
approaches the dreaming princess and shouts, "Wake up! Wake up, ya lazy good for nuthin!");
"Tom Thumb," (a big gooney Tom is asked how he got that way -- with
"The Ant and the Grasshopper," (when asked why he's not working, the
grasshopper shows his War Bonds); "Jack and the Beanstalk," (a
two-headed giant chases Jack, but has to rest because "He's been
sick!"); Cinderella"; "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing,"
Columnist of his day" preys on unsuspecting sheep, until he encounters
another in disguise); “The Goose Who Laid the Golden Egg,” (a goose who lays
aluminum eggs for war production); “Old Mother Hubbard” (she shows her poor dog
she has none, until the pooch opens the cupboard himself and exposes the
double-crossing food hoarder); “This Little Piggy” is sung to a little baby who
complains; “Aladdin and His Lamp” (Aladdin sings "I Dream of Genie with the
Light Brown Hair," then a picket sign arises from the lamp, stating,
"Genie on Strike!” There's a running gag about the boy who cried
wolf. The boy is warned by the narrator
throughout the cartoon to stop. The
films ends with his cries of "Wolf!" and laughter -- coming from a
well-fed wolf seen picking his teeth.
Elmer’s Candid Camera – 1940 -- Elmer
heads into the woods to photograph wildlife. In no time, he encounters a
wise-guy rabbit who makes things harder than Elmer’s book explained that it
would. First official appearance of
Elmer Fudd in his familiar character, although the
name "Elmer Fudd" had been applied to the
Egghead character in earlier cartoons.
– 1944 -- Elmer
Fudd is sitting by a tree crying because he can't
catch that wabbit, Bugs Bunny. The voice of God tells
Elmer to "try, try again." But how long will it take? The voice tells
Elmer to look far into the future, "past 1950, 1970,
80, 90...up to 2000
A.D." An old, wrinkled Fudd
picks up a newspaper: "Smellovision Replaces Television."
Instead of a rifle, he has a "Buck Rogers Lightning–Quick Rabbit
Killer." An old, bearded Bugs Bunny pops up, asking, "What's up,
Prune Face?" and chokes the elder Fudd. Elmer
shoots his ray gun and knocks Bugs out. Bugs performs a classic death scene,
taking out a photo album of memories. The two reminisce about their very first
meeting as babies. A cute little baby Elmer finds little Bugsy Bunny drinking
carrot juice in a bottle, which he smashes over Fudd's
head. Elmer chases baby Bugs; they take a nap and resume the chase. Bugs hides
behind a tree. As Elmer sneaks around it, the bunny razzes him with a tuba.
Elmer pulls out his baby carriage racer, but Bugs, pretending to be a traffic
cop, pulls him over. When little Elmer gets wise, Bugs shouts in his face,
"You ain't just whistling Dixie!" Back to
the future, the old Bugs starts to dig his own grave. He bids his friend
goodbye, they both cry, and, before you know it, Bugs has tricked Fudd into the grave (Bugs says, "So long,
Methuselah!" as he shovels dirt over his old foe). Buried alive, Elmer is
just glad to be rid of that rabbit. Bugs hands Elmer a farewell gift, a bomb
which explodes after the fadeout, shaking the "That's All, Folks!"
Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid – 1942
– Beaky the Buzzard’s mom sends her boys out for dinner. She tells Beaky to
bring home a rabbit, and finds Bugs. In his "death scene" in the
desert, Bugs feels a carrot through his supposed rib cage.
Feud There Was – 1938
-- In the mountains, a bunch of stereotypical hillbillies are
having a feud. Maw's coffeepot is shot full of holes so she can pour five cups
at once. An old-timer gets his beard shot off, says, "The old grey hair
just ain't what she used to be," and when it doesn't
get a laugh, says, "Well, it sounded funny in rehearsal." The
hillbillies blast their enemies on screen and off. "Are there any Weavers
in the audience?" they ask. But their big enemy is Egghead, who rides up
on a motorcycle which says, "Elmer Fudd,
Peacemaker." All of the feuders fight Egghead,
who wins -- only to be shot by that Weaver in the audience.
But Mice – 1939 - In this episode, Sniffles goes to a pharmacy to get
medicine for his cold. He encounters a
friendly electric razor and both become drunk from the cold medicine. Sniffles and the razor hum and sing the song,
“How Dry I Am.” When Sniffles gets in
trouble (pursued by a cat), the razor comes to the rescue.
The Lost Chick – 1935 – A
chicken has hatched 7 chicks. When she
can only locate 6 of them, she realizes that the 7th, Eggbert, is lost.
Two squirrels find a lost egg in the forest that had rolled out of the
chicken nest and down a hill. The squirrels
take the egg home, thinking that it is a large nut that can be eaten all
winter. Not gathering any other nuts for
the winter, the squirrels soon witness the egg hatching and feed and care for Eggbert, the newborn chick.
Soon the mother hen arrives to take Eggbert
home. The squirrels now have to start
over searching for nuts, but a blizzard hits and the squirrels are caught in
it. The wind whistles through the trees,
“We Told You So, We Told You So,” and the frightened squirrels are finally rescued
by the mother hen who went into the blizzard to find them at the begging of Eggbert. The hen takes the two squirrels back to her coop
One Cab’s Family – 1952 - Similar to
“Little Johnny Jet,” but with a taxicab.
Bedtime for Sniffles –
1940 - Sniffles tries to stay awake to see Santa Claus.
Thru the Mirror
– 1936 - Mickey Mouse experiences another world on the other side of the
Popeye in Goonland – 1938 - Popeye encounters Alice the Goon.
Little Swee’ Pea – 1936 - Popeye has baby troubles when he
takes Swee’ Pea to the zoo.
Old Salt Tale –
1960 - Popeye encounters the Sea Hag.
Eugene the Jeep – 1940 - One of Eugene’s first appearances.
Makes Good – 1939 - Squirrels play Robin Hood.
The Wabbit Who Came To Supper – 1942 - Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd
Wagner’s Ring Cycle, as told by the great Anna
Russell – 1984 - PART 1 –
PART 2 – PART 3