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A Star Is Hatched (1938)

Emily the chicken, lives in Hickville but dreams of Hollywood. Her chance comes when director J. Megga-Phone happens to drive past and gives her his card. She makes her way to Hollywood, ... See full summary »

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J. Megga Phone / W.C. Fields / Movie Star Guide (voice) (uncredited)
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Emily the chicken, lives in Hickville but dreams of Hollywood. Her chance comes when director J. Megga-Phone happens to drive past and gives her his card. She makes her way to Hollywood, and Megga-Phone's office, where she discovers a whole flock of hens with the same card and a completely uncaring Megga-Phone. She returns home to faithful Clem, and a chick with foolish notions. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Spoofs The Singing Marine (1937) See more »

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Vieni, vieni
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Music by Vincent Scotto
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Now THAT'S good parenting!
26 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

This cartoon is from Looney Tunes during the period just before they became one of the best (if not the best) cartoon studio in the world. Because of the time in which this was made, most of the familiar characters hadn't yet been created and most of the cartoons then were either Porky Pig films or featured various no-name characters. There is one of those 'no-namers', as it's the story of a chicken who meets a chicken film director (with a voice like Cary Grant). When he encourages her to go to Hollywood, she rushes there. Much of the cartoon consists of various not particularly funny imitations of various famous movie stars that most will not recognize today. After all, how many kids today will recognize Dick Powell? For older fans of Hollywood's Golden Age, it's a treat. For others, it's a bit of a chore, as the film isn't great. However, regardless of your age, you can enjoy the final scene that seems to advocate proactive parenting (watch it and see what I mean).

By the way, another film with a similar style is Disney's "Autograph Hound"--and it's a much, much better film. Donald tries to sneak in to the studio to bother celebrities for autographs. See this one...skip "A Star is Hatched" unless you are a die-hard fan.

By the way, this short is included on the 2-disk DVD set for "Bringing Up Baby"--a marvelous Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn film.


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