Gabby teaches a young boy how to fish, even though the boy was doing much better without him.



(story) (as Carl Meyers)


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Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ...
Gabby (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
Fish (voice) (uncredited)


Short, fat, boastful Gabby finds a boy fishing and offers his advice. Of course, the boy was doing much better before Gabby arrived. In short order, Gabby loses the boy's catch and bait. When Gabby is taunted by a fish, he rents a boat, tackle, and supplies and goes after the fish. Gabby's brief success is cut short when the fish pulls two plugs from the bottom of the boat; with Gabby's hands occupied plugging the holes, the fish raids his lunch box. Time for the secret weapon: a harpoon gun. The fish ties the harpoon line around an old motor, which starts, destroys the boat, and hauls Gabby around like a water-skier. The boy catches him in his net. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Release Date:

18 July 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kippari Kalle ... Maalla ja ystävät merellä  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jack Mercer provides the laughter for the unnamed fish, who has no dialogue. See more »


[first lines]
Gabby: [singing] All's well! What's a rainy day? / Never mind that cloud. Behind that cloud, / You'll find a golden ray. / All's well! Laugh your cares away. / See the light ahead rise ahead.
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Spun-off from Gulliver's Travels (1939) See more »

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Not bad, but disappointing
16 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I did like Gabby Goes Fishing in general, but I was disappointed as well.


  • The animation was pretty good. Nice backgrounds, and beautiful


  • The fish. Despite not having any dialogue, other than laughter, the

main fish stole the show most definitely, especially when he jumps onto the boat and starts eating the sandwich.

  • The music. I always look out for this in everything I watch and

review, and the music was quite pleasant here.

  • The voice acting. Jack Mercer does a great job as the fish. And while

he has been much better, Pinto Colvig, the original voice of Goofy in the Silly Symphony cartoons is good as Gabby.


  • There isn't that much of a story. Sure Gabby teaches a young boy to

fish, and the boy was doing better without him, but other than that, nothing particularly interesting happens.

  • Maybe I am being unfair, but this cartoon compared to others I have

seen is rather humourless with the exception of the fish. Not that many fast running gags or puns.

  • Gabby himself isn't the most likable protagonist ever in a cartoon.

He messes things up constantly and doesn't seem that apologetic when he completely ruins the kid's day. I usually don't have a problem with characters like that, because I accept there are characters that are meant to be just that, but for some strange reasons I never exactly warmed to Gabby.

All in all, reasonable cartoon, but I admit as I have said more than once already I was disappointed. Maybe I need to see this cartoon again. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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