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A Gander at Mother Goose (1940)

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A collection of short gags based on classic nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, in her best Katharine Hepburn, tells us how her garden is really doing. Humpty Dumpty ... See full summary »

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Mistress Mary - Little Miss Muffet (voice) (uncredited)
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Humpty Dumpty / Jack / Big Bad Wolf / Dog / Eagle / Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce ...
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A collection of short gags based on classic nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, in her best Katharine Hepburn, tells us how her garden is really doing. Humpty Dumpty doesn't completely crack up. Jack and Jill go up the hill and have too much fun to come down. Little Miss Muffet frightens the spider off. The Three Little Pigs give the Big Bad Wolf a bottle of mouth-wash. A parade of wooden soldiers, in perfect formation from the waist up. Starlight, Starbright: A dog gets his wish a tree. Jack be nimble but not quite nimble enough. The old lady in the shoe made the old man very happy. (A gag involving Hiawatha, trimmed from the TV version.) Finally, the night before Christmas, and one stirring mouse tells the other to be quiet. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Les contes de ma mère l'Oie  »

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Not Up To Later Standards Of Avery
8 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This cartoon features a lot of the cornball stuff Warner Brothers and others liked to use in the 1930s and the first year or two of the '40s: poking a little fun at famous fairy tales and imitating actress Katharine Hepburn with her affected "Bryn Mawr accent" to play a role or two.

Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Little Miss Muffet, The Three Little Pigs, the Little Old Lady Who Lived In A Show, and more are all depicted with one-joke scenes. Unfortunately, the jokes all fell flat with either the joke coming from dialog or a sight gag.

I wonder if audiences actually laughed at the theater in 1940 over this stuff. I doubt they would today; it's just a little too dated, humor-wise, to be rated more than a "4," and that's being generous. It's just not funny and certainly not the Tex Avery stuff we animated fans came to love later in the decade.


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