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Now That Summer Is Gone (1938)

Approved | | Family, Animation, Short | 14 May 1938 (USA)
"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)
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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 »

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Father: Gambling again, eh? I'll give you ten lashes that you won't forget!
Junior: Ten lashes? Uh, look, I'll flip you, Pop. Double or nothing, huh?
[Father spanks him as the camera irises out]
Junior: Ouch! Ow! Stop it!...
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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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now that gambling is OK
18 September 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

OK, so "Now That Summer Is Gone" might look hokey to people at first glance, given that it looks like a cute story functioning as an anti-gambling warning (especially since gambling has become an integral part of our economy). But it contains some very unusual scenes for a cartoon, namely the overlap during the climax.

Previous reviews said that director Frank Tashlin frequently used pans and montages in his cartoons, and that a character actor named Frank McHugh lent his voice to this cartoon. I have to admit that I don't know much about either of those. So, I mostly focus on the events portrayed. Probably the two funniest scenes were the Hebrew writing stamped on nuts, and the First Nutional Bank. One might interpret that it would have been particularly miserable to lose one's food during the Depression.

Either way, I recommend this cartoon as a look at Warner Bros. animation from the '30s. It'll most likely elicit at least a few laughs.


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