Junior wants to be a Big Fry, but learns the hard way that he just isn't ready for smoking in the pool room when he should be in the school room.





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Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ...
Pool Room Fishes (voice) (uncredited)


Junior Catfish skipped school to hang out at the pool hall. Mama was worried he might have been caught by a fisherman instead. He returns home for dinner, then sneaks back to the pool hall for the meeting of the Big Fry Club. For his initiation, he's sent into a cave full of scary things that ultimately send him running back to mama's arms. Throughout, the title song is sung. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

21 April 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kippari Kalle ... Maalla ja ystävät merellä  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Included in the Rhino Home Video compilation "Bambi Meets Godzilla and Other Weird Cartoons". See more »


Featured in The Ring Two (2005) See more »


Small Fry
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Played during the opening credits
Sung by the mother fish
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How times have changed!
4 November 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very good cartoon. However, it's no longer in general circulation due to changing times--as well as folks who want to protect our kids. I find it strange that this film was shelved because it depicts smoking and advocates slapping the crap out of your kids when worse mind-rot is available on most TV channels. As for the smoking, the film is AGAINST that. And, while the mother fish in the cartoon talks about 'putting him across me knee', no acts of violence were perpetrated in the cartoon. It's just a very cute morality tale about a young fish who wants to grow up too quickly--and do all the things the tough older fish want to do. And, while I usually hate singing in cartoons, the tune "Small Fry" is very catchy and fun. My advice is watch the cartoon (it's available for free download at archive.org) and forget about the do-gooders who hate this and other old cartoons that might actually be fun!

By the way, although the film says it's in Technicolor, it sure looks like the old Two-Color Technicolor due to the effects of aging and a need for restoration. The film is VERY orangy--which sometimes happens with older Technicolor film with age.

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