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The Early Bird and the Worm (1936)

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A young worm is chased by the Early Bird, but then two crows and a snake join the chase.


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A young worm is chased by the Early Bird, but then two crows and a snake join the chase.

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Animation | Short





Release Date:

8 February 1936 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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27 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Whilst dated this is worth a look - if only for for the two crows.

Their opening scene where they are discussing the merits of early rising is very amusing.

Alas political correctness would probably rule them out today!

The rattle snake is a hoot too. The main characters - the bird and the worm - are rather twee but they provide enough entertainment to carry this 1930s short through at a fair lick.

8/10 for lovers of old style animation and watchers of historical footage. I am such a person and cartoons like this one can give insight into those early times. The director, Rudolf Ising, is highly regarded by lovers of old animation.He spent a lifetime producing and directing animated features. When the Thin Man DVD Collection was put together this was included as one of the special features. It is a good choice and gives the nostalgia lover a satisfactory glow!

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