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Small Fry (I) (1939)

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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 <>

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21 April 1939 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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
Words and Music by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser
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Wonderful! Early animation at its best!
2 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

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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