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 ...
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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
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Fairy tales were often used as the basis for cartoons in the days of yore. Warner Bros. cartoons usually twisted them into jokes, with Friz Freleng's "Three Little Bops" ("Three Little Pigs" as a jazz song) as the crowning achievement. An earlier effort was Tex Avery's "A Gander at Mother Goose". This was one of many cartoons from the era using children's stories and nursery rhymes as excuses for spot gags. This was not the best one. I personally think that Tex worked best when focusing on an elaborate plot - as was the case with "The Isle of Pingo Pongo" and "Thugs with Dirty Mugs" - so that he could create neater gags.
Still, this one isn't bad. Aside from getting to see more of Humpty Dumpty than we expect (they actually got it past the censors!), we can probably guess what Jack and Jill are really doing! Of course, about two months later, Tex brought to the silver screen "A Wild Hare", introducing Bugs Bunny in his first true form. So this one works mostly as a place holder. OK, not great.
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