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An Itch in Time (1943)

Approved  |   |  Family, Animation, Short  |  4 December 1943 (USA)
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Elmer threatens to give his dog a bath if he doesn't stop scratching, but the poor pooch is the victim of a hungry flea whose tools of the trade include pickaxes and dynamite.

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Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ...
A. Flea (singing voice) (uncredited)
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Dog / Cat / A. Flea - screaming (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan ...
Elmer Fudd (voice) (uncredited)
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Elmer threatens to give his dog a bath if he doesn't stop scratching, but the poor pooch is the victim of a hungry flea whose tools of the trade include pickaxes and dynamite.

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Trivia

When Elmer is reading, he is reading a Looney Tunes comic book featuring Porky Pig and Bugs Bunny. See more »

Quotes

Elmer Fudd: Scwatching, scwatching, scwatching! One more scwatch, and I'll give you a bath.
Dog: No, no, no, no, no! No, please, no!
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Featured in Troldspejlet: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1993) See more »

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Powerhouse
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Music by Raymond Scott
Played after the flea first bites the dog
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Poor characters don't help an already poor cartoon
19 October 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Elmer Fudd is at home reading his Porky Pig comic by the open fire with his dog asleep by his side. When a flea enters the house it heads straight for the dog, making both the dog's and Elmer's night a misery. However getting rid of him is not so easy.

When this cartoon started I had reasonable hopes as I thought it might be a Bugs Bunny cartoon due to the presence of Elmer Fudd. However not only wasn't it, but Elmer himself seems to be in there simply to have a well known character in the cartoon. The main characters are actually the dog and the flea – neither of which are very good characters. The dog is OK but the flea is an annoying little fellow with a high voice that just grated on me.

The jokes are OK without ever being very good. I think what pit me off the most was just the weakness of the characters – they weren't very interesting and, although their jokes would have made me laugh if other characters had done them, the weaknesses in their characters just seemed to drain a lot of the laughs out of the cartoon.

Overall this could have been better and, indeed, many viewers may well find it funnier than I did. But for me a cartoon is not simply the jokes, it is also the characters and the plot framework. Here neither of those factors came into play and the already weak cartoon was just made weaker.


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