The ducks and chickens next door eye the Captain's garden covetously through a poorly mended fence. The Captain, armed with a board, is standing guard (but not fixing the fence). He falls ... See full summary »

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The ducks and chickens next door eye the Captain's garden covetously through a poorly mended fence. The Captain, armed with a board, is standing guard (but not fixing the fence). He falls asleep, and the poultry attack, stripping the garden methodically. When the Captain comes after them, they lock him into a shed. He gets out, and fetches his shotgun. That stops them, and they drop their booty, until the Captain sets his gun down to collect the veggies; the birds all rush in, snatch them back, and slam the gate. Except there's a straggler: one tiny chick struggling with a huge tomato. The Captain catches him, and even though the chick puts the tomato back, the Captain gives him a cute little spanking. The chick runs home and tells daddy (of course, in his version, the chick was a saint); the word is passed to ever-larger roosters, until one that's even larger than the Captain goes to settle the score. After some posturing, they fight (to the storm sequence from the William Tell ... Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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On Friday 1 October 1937 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer signed Robert Allen as the director of their new series of cartoons based on Rudolph Dirk's "The Captain and the Kids" newspaper comic-strip feature. The company also signed George Gordon as lay-out man and animator for the series. Prior to that Gordon had been with Terry Toons for the previous seven years. See more »

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Less cluck for your buck
29 September 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The best entries in the "Captain and the Kids" series are the ones that mine humor from the Dirks strip's basic concept - the kids tormenting the captain. Director Freleng did not like the idea of adapting the Katzenjammers to animation, but proceeded by order of producer Fred Quimby. "Poultry Pirates" is one of four cartoons in the series in which the kids do not appear at all. In fact, the only regular in sight is the Captain, and he's stuck with a recycled Porky Pig script in which he has to chase the neighbor's chickens out of his garden. Pretty routine business, although it does get amusing toward the climax where Der Cap goes to the mat with a giant, muscle-bound rooster. If there's any moral to this, I guess it would be "Don't feed your poultry steroids".


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