Much Ado About Nutting (1953)

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A squirrel in a downtown park lugs a giant coconut back home, but nothing he does can seem to crack it open.


(as Charles M. Jones)


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From atop his tree in Central Park, a squirrel spies an outdoor stand selling nuts. The squirrel crosses the street, races up the peanut cart and jumps into a bag of peanuts. He has a stack of them in his arms before spying something more glorious than peanuts: walnuts! Moments later, he sees the most beautiful sight in his life: Brazil nuts! Finally, in all their eye-popping glory: coconuts. Coconuts stacked to the sky. The squirrel manages to roll a coconut back to his tree. But his anticipated feast is thwarted when he discovers he can't bite into it. He can't even crack it open with a rock. The rock breaks. He can't drop it from a branch in his tree. It just makes a hole in the ground. The squirrel finds to his mounting frustration that nothing seems to break the coconut. But the squirrel is determined to crack open his prize. He is, in fact, determined enough to roll the coconut to the top of the Empire State Building. Written by J. Spurlin

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23 May 1953 (USA)  »

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Cuidado com o Campo  »

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At the end when the squirrel gives up, he places the coconut at the front of the tray with the remaining coconuts but as he walks away, first the sound of a coconut falling over other coconuts is heard and then we see the coconut falling down over the over the other coconuts. That would not happen as it was shown that he placed the coconut at the front. See more »


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Chuck Jones' Much Ado About Nutting is one of his underrated great shorts
2 January 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Went back to YouTube and found this Chuck Jones cartoon on it. In this one, a squirrel seems to have a thing for not being able to make up his mind about what kind of nut he's hungry for since he finds peanuts and drops them before eating for walnuts which he dumps for Brazil nuts which he then abandons for a coconut. This coconut is tough to crack despite...Well, just watch this short as you'll get Jones' direction at his best in building from one gag to another until the end when you hear a familiar noise that one usually associates with cartoons directed by Bob Clampett. The way this cartoon is leisurely paced before the split timing of many of the gags makes Much Ado About Nutting one of Jones' underrated masterpieces. So on that note, this short is highly recommended.

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