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Holiday Highlights (1940)

Approved  |   |  Family, Animation, Short  |  12 October 1940 (USA)
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Blackout gags about the holidays. New Year's (the baby speaks to us). Valentine's Day (it's Leap Year, so the girl turns to the boy) Washington's Birthday (the cherry tree story). Arbor Day... See full summary »


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Uncredited cast:
Tex Avery ...
College Professor (voice) (uncredited)
Sara Berner ...
Little Girl (voice) (uncredited)
New Year Baby / Tommy / George Washington / Dog / Fox / Turkey (voice) (uncredited)
Gil Warren ...
Various (voice) (uncredited)


Blackout gags about the holidays. New Year's (the baby speaks to us). Valentine's Day (it's Leap Year, so the girl turns to the boy) Washington's Birthday (the cherry tree story). Arbor Day (a dog directs the placement of the tree). Easter (the bunny is menaced by the fox, who turns out to be a softy). April 1: no picture. Mother's Day: a decidedly low key reunion. Graduation day: the boy gets his diploma, and promptly joins a bread line. Halloween: the witch rides her broom, towing an advertising banner. Thanksgiving: A turkey for dinner, in more ways than one. Christmas: Santa's sleigh is an ice cream truck. New Year's: The Tournament of Roses parade; we see some floats. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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12 October 1940 (USA)  »

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Vive les jours fériés !  »

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1.37 : 1
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Narrator: Thanksgiving: a turkey day and a day of feasting throughout the land, when everyone has a turkey for dinner.
Turkey: [praying, speaking indistinctly] And thank you for this lovely turkey. TURKEY? WHAT AM I SAYING?
[he runs off; his tail feathers form a circle, then follow him]
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Has its moments, but this is my least favorite Tex Avery cartoon.
23 November 2002 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This cartoon is really atypical of Tex Avery in that entirely too many of the gags are either verbal or sight gags that require verbal assistance to make any sense of at all-a surefire killer for a sight gag. The pacing-largely unavoidable here-is too slow and a few gags just aren't that funny. At least one dies completely. There are moments here, but Avery did this type of short more successfully with other cartoons (such as A Gander At Mother Goose) and, while I still don't think he did any really bad cartoons, this is as close as he came to doing one. Recommended for die-hard Avery fans, who'll watch anything he did (like me).

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