Freddy comes to a party and is a hit; he then goes on to be the star quarterback at the football game.




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Freddy the Freshman, a canine college student wearing a beanie, over-sized eyeglasses and a raccoon coat, arrives at a pep rally. Did we say raccoon coat? It turns out his coat is made of live cats, who sing the praises of Freddy along with everyone else. Freddy proves worthy of this adulation when his performance at a football game leads his school to victory. But don't expect ordinary football. Dachshunds, mice, lions, pigs, ducks and other members of a menagerie are the players. The football field is complete with a tree, a puddle, and even a clothesline (with long underwear and bloomers hanging out to dry). The cheerleaders are three Jewish parrots and an effeminate rooster. Meanwhile, no one speaks when he can sing the title song. "Are ya listenin'?" asks the announcer. "Hmmm?" Written by J. Spurlin

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20 February 1932 (USA)  »

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The canine radio announcer asks, "Are ya listenin'? Hmm?" He's repeating the catchphrase of the radio personality, Tony Wons. See more »


[first lines]
Freddy the Freshman: [singing] Boola, goes to school-a / Just to fool-a, he likes to fool. / Hike! Rah! Rah! Ha-cha-cha! / Rah! Rah! Ha-cha-cha! Yaaaaaaah! Fire!
Freddy the Freshman: Rah! Rah! Ra-cha-cha! That's our college yell. / Baggy pants, crazy dance. It's Freddy, can't you tell?
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Referenced in Raw! Raw! Rooster! (1956) See more »


It Looks Like a Big Night Tonight
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
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I can't believe I liked this cartoon!
9 July 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When I was a kid, I hated watching the Bugs Bunny or Porky Pig show when they showed the REAAAALLLY old Merrie Melodies cartoons from the early and mid 1930s. They had so much singing and cuteness and lacked the edge that made Warner Brothers the top animation studio for shorts in the 40s and 50s. In light of this, I was shocked when I just saw FREDDY THE FRESHMAN. Like other Harman-Ising cartoons from Merrie Melodies it had a lot of singing and a wide assortment of barnyard animals. But, it also seemed pretty interesting and fresh in many ways--with some cute gadgetry and a certain likability. While NOT as good as the later toons, it still stood on its own pretty well with an interesting story, a memorable song and very good black and white animation. Nice job.

FYI--At about three and a half minutes into the toon, there's a mouse that is the spitting image of Mickey! I wonder what Disney thought of this?

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