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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Big Fry Indeed
31 May 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Small Fry (1939)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Now classic animated short has a little fish deciding he wants to be a "tough guy" so he skips school so that he can hang out in a pool parlor. Later that night he decides to go back so that he can be tough but he's taught a valuable lesson. This short from David Fleischer was actually pulled from circulation because parents thought its themes were "bad" for children, which I found to be quite funny since this movie actually has a message for kids who like to skip school or smoke. Yes, there's a scene here where the fish tries a cigarette but is this really a reason to pull the film? The movie manages to be quite funny at times and there's no question that the message gets across very well. The animation and Technicolor are extremely good as well.

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