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Merrie Melodies is the name of a series of animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures between 1931 and 1969. Originally produced by Harman-Ising Pictures, Merrie Melodies were produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions from 1933 to 1944. Schlesinger sold his studio to Warner Bros. in 1944, and the newly renamed Warner Bros. Cartoons continued production until 1963. Merrie Melodies were outsourced to DePatie-Freleng Enterprises from 1964 to 1967, and Warner Bros. Cartoons re-assumed production for the series’ final two years.
Various narrated gags about famous fairy tales, including “Sleeping Beauty,” “Tom Thumb,” “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Old Mother Hubbard,” “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing,” “Cinderella” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” Spoofs include a grasshopper who buys war bonds, a fifth-columnist wolf in sheep’s clothing, a goose who lays aluminum eggs for war production, and a Mother Hubbard who hoards. Tom Thumb becomes five feet tall with the aid of Vitamin B-1, while the goose who laid golden eggs switches to aluminum for the duration of the war. There’s a running gag about the boy who cried wolf.
A look at the life of the enlisted man in the army. A zany World War II cartoon spoofs basic training techniques as new recruits go through the drill.
An artist’s hand draws a farm which comes to life with a variety of barnyard animals as references to visual puns and running gags to follow. An off-screen narrator shows the animals found on the typical American farm. Each animal surprises us with its own special gag. A championship racehorse demonstrates a gallop, then, to show off a canter, does an Eddie Cantor imitation. A running gag has several piglets constantly watching an alarm clock, which goes off at the end, sending the piglets scrambling to Mother Hog, who sighs, “Oh, dear, every day it’s the same thing.”
Willy the blackbird hunts for a worm for breakfast and gets chased by the fox.
One-liners and sight gags during a narrated tour of the zoo, punctuated by a running gag involving Egghead teasing a lion at intervals, despite the narrator’s admonishments. The Alcatraz Jail Bird cries out from his cage, “I didn’t do it- I was framed, I tell you!” The Stool Pigeon in the cage next to him says, “You did too do it, I saw you.” The Rocky Mountain Wildcat jumps hysterically all around his cage. The narrator asks him, “What makes you so wild?” The wildcat answers, “They called my name out on bank night, and I wasn’t there- THAT makes me wild.” Egghead ends up in the lion’s stomach.