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
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When a film is 7 minutes long, it really doesn't have much time to pull you in to the story. A few minutes of background info takes up half the film. Because of this limitation, many early cartoons have either very simple or very non-sensical plots, while others have no plot at all. But Small Fry is that rare gem that is able to pull you in to the story with only the smallest amount of background. A teacher's pet is sent to the Catfish house with a note asking why Junior Catfish wasn't in school. It reads, "Did he play hookey or did he get hooked?" Suddenly you actually do care about the whereabouts of this fictional fish you've never met or heard of before. Throughout the rest of the short, Small Fry just hits all the right notes--the music, animation, and story line are all top notch.
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