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Now That Summer Is Gone (1938)

Approved  |   |  Family, Animation, Short  |  14 May 1938 (USA)
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"Summer is gone" and throughout the forest, squirrels are working hard gathering acorns for the long cold winter ahead. But one young squirrel has a better idea...winning acorns by shooting... See full summary »

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Junior Squirrel / Gambler (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ...
Father (voice) (uncredited)
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"Summer is gone" and throughout the forest, squirrels are working hard gathering acorns for the long cold winter ahead. But one young squirrel has a better idea...winning acorns by shooting dice. His father disapproves of the plan but can't make his son stop gambling. Winter comes and the father sends the son to the First Nutional Bank to retrieve the family acorn savings. On the way back, the son meets up with a mysterious squirrel intent on teaching him the evils of gambling... Written by Jason A. Cormier

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When the "inspector squirrel" stamps the acorns as they roll by him, the image that is left on the acorns is the exact/precise Hebrew - correct letters and vowels - for the word "KOSHER." See more »

Quotes

Junior: [singing] You boys must be pinched in the head / To keep working 'till you're almost dead / This is the way to gather nuts for winter / Now that summer is gone.
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As the cartoon ends, you can still hear the squirrel yelling while being spanked. See more »

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Home Sweet Home
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Music by H.R. Bishop
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A very well done if somewhat unusual cartoon
1 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Now That Summer is Gone does have a basic and quite unusual story, but it is very well and cleverly done, and if you are a fan of Frank Tashlin you will find much to enjoy. The gambling angle was a daring subject for a cartoon somewhat but it is dealt with in a fun and never too didactic way while making its point. The animation is great, how it's coloured, the detail and of course Tashlin's use of camera angles/work is to be admired. On top of that there is Carl Stalling's music score, which is not just full of energy and character but is also very attractively orchestrated. Now That Summer is Gone is written with intelligence and sensitivity and just as importantly it doesn't forget to entertain, which it does wonderfully. The final montage and fade-out gag are standouts. The squirrels are very cute characters, maybe there is some bias as I've always found squirrels cute, not to mention funny, strong ones too. And the voice acting from Mel Blanc and Billy Bletcher is terrific, Frank McHugh's one laugh contribution is quite memorable too. The pacing is neither too rushed or too slow, instead it's efficient but you are given time to take things in. All in all, odd but very well done in almost all areas. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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