A mother hen is taking her brood for a walk. They encounter obstacles along the way, such as traffic. There's a runt of the litter, who has more trouble with these than the rest. Momma ... See full summary »

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A mother hen is taking her brood for a walk. They encounter obstacles along the way, such as traffic. There's a runt of the litter, who has more trouble with these than the rest. Momma stalks an inch-worm; she shushes the chicks; of course, the runt keeps bumping into things and making noise. And the biggest hazard of all is the hawk. But just when it looks like the hawk is going to get the runt, a run-in with a skunk saves him. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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30 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Kanaäidin musta lammas  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Nice looking short, but there isn't a whole lot here otherwise

This is an MGM one shot short. There will be spoilers ahead:

The plot, which is very thin, is a mother hen taking her chicks out for the day. The events of the cartoon are mostly telegraphed very early on by there being one problem chick who is a straggler early on, thus getting himself into jams repeatedly and a remark from the farmer about watching out for hawks.

The bulk of the short is the mother hen fretting over her chicks and the straggler causing difficulties and getting into trouble. It's a beautiful cartoon, but when most of the best parts of the cartoon are side bits with little connection to the plot, that's not a good sign. We see various insects, a goose and several cars, some of which are peripherally connected to the main story, but are actually more interesting than the hen and her chicks.

There are nice bits involving a worm and a grasshopper and the obvious appearance of a hawk is very nicely done. There's a nice gag involved with the hawk and the straggling chick which saves the short, so I won't spoil it here. It's really the only surprising bit to the short.

This short is worth seeing once.


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