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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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Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ...
Mistress Mary - Little Miss Muffet (voice) (uncredited)
Humpty Dumpty / Jack / Big Bad Wolf / Dog / Eagle / Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bernice Hansen ...
Little Hiawatha / Little Mouse (voice) (uncredited)


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 <>

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25 May 1940 (USA)  »

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Referenced in Pigs in a Polka (1943) See more »


What's the Matter with Father
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Played during the shot of the man reading the newspaper
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More talky than normal for Tex Avery, but it's largely successful.
26 November 2002 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a cartoon that was made in a format Tex Avery wasn't always successful with-a series of loosely connected blackouts, which are little comic set-pieces. Avery didn't always do these well because each distinct piece had its own setup, joke and punchline, usually requiring more dialogue and a slower pace than Avery liked to use. This one works better than others he did because the gags are funnier and there are some sight gags here that have Avery written all over them (in Humpty Dumpty and Jack Be Nimble particularly) and the pacing is a little better. As I said, this type didn't really suit Avery very well. One sub-class of this type Avery did have success with, though, and it was the travelogue cartoons, I suspect because they were parodies of the often mind-numbingly bland and sophorific travelogues that were popular in the 1930s and 1940s, thus making them sitting ducks for the antic lunacy that was Avery's long suit. Decent, but not up to his better work. Worth watching once. Recommended for Tex Avery die-hard fans (like me).

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