Long John Silver forces the Captain to bet his house in a cockfight. It's John's champion rooster, the Honduras Hurricane, versus the Captain's: a scrawny bird with a bad cold. The boys replace the sick bird with a violent baby eagle.
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John has captured the Captain. He proposes a boxing match: his chicken, the Honduras Hurricane, against the Captain's, which John will provide: a scrawny thing that's been kept in the fridge. The boys, spying through a window, see this and realize the Captain hasn't got a chance, and if he loses, John will take his house. Fortunately, there's a very feisty baby eagle nearby. The kids capture it and pull a switcheroo, and before long, the eagle has made short work of the Honduras Hurricane, forcing John to make good on his side of the bet and eat his boxing ring. Written by
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This is a short in the Captain and the Kids series from MGM studio. There will be spoilers ahead:
The MGM animated short series Captain and the Kids was based on a comic strip, The Captain and the Kids. The series wasn't very successful, probably because the source material didn't translate too well.
The title of this short refers to a boxing rooster, which is owned by Long John, a crook of the first order. John forces the Captain to bet his house on a boxing match, even going so far as to pick the Captain's rooster for him. It's a sickly looking, scrawny bird with a cold. Not content with this, John and his cronies do everything they can to fix the fight, abusing the Captain's bird until it looks like the bird will keel over before the fight even starts.
Hans and Fritz, the "Kids", decide they need to do a little evening of the odds and find a ringer of sorts-a baby eagle long on mean and with a punch. They put a rubber glove on its head and the eagle is switched for the rooster when the sickly rooster is driven through the floor of the ring.
The eagle beats the daylights out of Honduras repeatedly, the rooster winding up on a stretcher and carried off to more chicanery until the eagle finishes him off. The good guys win and John gets what's coming to him.
This short is reasonably good and is worth tracking down.
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