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25 May 1940 (USA) See more »
A collection of short gags based on classic nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Mary, Mary Quite Contrary... See more » | Add synopsis »
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More talky than normal for Tex Avery, but it's largely successful. See more (7 total) »


Margaret Hill-Talbot ... Various

Sara Berner ... Mistress Mary - Little Miss Muffet (voice) (uncredited)

Mel Blanc ... 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)

Directed by
Tex Avery  (as Fred Avery)
Writing credits
Dave Monahan (story)

Produced by
Leon Schlesinger .... producer
Henry Binder .... assistant producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Carl W. Stalling (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Animation Department
Charles McKimson .... animator
Virgil Ross .... animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Carl W. Stalling .... musical director
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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6 min
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Referenced in Pigs in a Polka (1943)See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
More talky than normal for Tex Avery, but it's largely successful., 26 November 2002

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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