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The Egg Collector (1940)

Approved | | Family, Animation, Short | 20 July 1940 (USA)
Sniffles the mouse and his friend the Bookworm decide to take up egg collecting, setting their eyes upon a big barn owl egg. But the big barn owl isn't so hot on the idea.

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Sniffles the mouse and his friend the Bookworm decide to take up egg collecting, setting their eyes upon a big barn owl egg. But the big barn owl isn't so hot on the idea.

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"I also eat worms . . . "
27 February 2016 | by (The Gutters of Baltimore) – See all my reviews

. . . says the Great Barn Owl to Sniffles and the Bookworm, in a Warner Bros. animated short lazily recycled as THE EGG COLLECTOR from an episode a few months old titled SNIFFLES AND THE BOOKWORM. This time the Barn Owl lives in a church steeple. I think that there's an old hymn that starts out, "Built on a Rock, the Church Dost stand, even when Steeples are Falling." As THE EGG COLLECTOR was being thrown together, steeples actually were falling at a World Record Rate, due to Hitler's WWII Kerfluffle. V1 (and later V2) rockets were taking down London's church steeples that the "Battle of Britain" had missed, dropping them on the pedestrians way below left and right. Later on, Allied Bombers returned the favor in Dresden and elsewhere. It's estimated that 17,482 steeples were wholly or partially lost during WWII, many of them NEVER to be rebuilt. So the incredible gloomy atmosphere of THE EGG COLLECTOR was Warner's take on these then Current Events. Sniffles, the Heartless Child Snatcher, represents Warner's uncanny knack of throwing a little prophetic something-something into most if not all of its film offerings. As AU REVOIR LES INFANTS (1987), documents, Hitler's minions were snatching up all the Jewish kids that they could latch onto, including Anne Frank. Certainly, the pedantic barn owl here can be taken for a European Jewish Professor, making Sniffles a Gestapo Agent.


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