Mammy blackbird puts her three little ones to bed, but one of them stays up reading "The Early Bird Catches the Worm." Mammy throws the book out the window and warns the little ones about ... See full summary »
This early Chuck Jones cartoon shows the usual sarcastic edge of Termite Terrace cartoons in this era, between the self-aware humor of Carl Stallings' music and the voice work -- provided by fellow director Tex Avery. However it also clearly shows what in this period is Jones' weakness -- his lead character is a child of sorts, like Sniffles --but there is little in the way of appeal to adults except for the academic one of seeing the early works of one of the great cartoon directors of all time.
Jones would return to his juvenile characters later in his career, bolstered by better scriptwriters and a surer command of the essential psychology of people -- his rarely seen 'Ralphie Phillips' cartoons like FROM A TO ZZZZ can be considered glosses on this work .... but their value will arise out of their understanding, rather than an overwhelming sense of cuteness.
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