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Gabby Goes Fishing (1941)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Short  |  18 July 1941 (USA)
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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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18 July 1941 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)



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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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The return of Mr. Know-it-all....and yet another reason to hate Gabby.
27 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Here in "Gabby Goes Fishing", Gabby comes upon a kid fishing. Although the kid is doing extremely well on his own, Gabby insists the kid watch him do it better--at which point, Gabby completely screws up--losing the fish the kid caught as well as his bait. Then, he uses a boat and makes things even worse.

Gabby was a character developed for the Fleischer Brother's first full-length film, "Gulliver's Travels". Someone must have thought it was a good idea to spin this character off to a string of shorts--though after seeing several, I don't think this was a great idea. This is because in each, Gabby plays a super-obnoxious know-it-all--a guy who invariable messes up things around him because he insists he is an expert at everything--even things he's never attempted. A little of this goes a long way--and by the time I'd seen just a few of these films, I really came to hate Gabby even though the animation quality was very, very nice.

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