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Now That Summer Is Gone (1938)

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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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Uncredited cast:
Junior Squirrel / Gambler (voice) (uncredited)
Father (voice) (uncredited)


"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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squirrel | acorn | winter | gambling | saving | See more »






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14 May 1938 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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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Music by H.R. Bishop
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Film school in a cartoon
15 August 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

At first glance, this is a funny cartoon about the evils of gambling. It succeeds there entirely.

But in Frank Tashlin's hands, it becomes a lesson in cinematic techniques. He excelled at using animation the way a live action director would. Pick any cartoon he directed and you will find at least one shot that you would not expect in a cartoon. This cartoon is full of them.

Everything is there, from zooms, pans and trucks to double exposure, montage and POV shots. Even the use of light and shadow is very sophisticated for a six-minute `gag cartoon'

Some would say that animation is an unlimited medium that doesn't need to be tied down by the methods of another medium. And later animators would leave reality behind entirely. But, at a time when most animation was laid out as if their characters were on a theater stage, Tashlin broke through the imaginary proscenium arch and his colleges were both quick to learn his lessons and acknowledge the source.

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