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Nelly's Folly (1961)

Approved  |   |  Family, Animation, Short  |  30 December 1961 (USA)
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A talent agent on an African safari discovers Nelly, a singing giraffe, and brings her to America to be a famous performer. But with fame comes loneliness, and Nelly longs for male ... See full summary »

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A talent agent on an African safari discovers Nelly, a singing giraffe, and brings her to America to be a famous performer. But with fame comes loneliness, and Nelly longs for male companionship. When her attentions to a male giraffe result in him leaving his family, Nelly becomes publically scorned as a "home-wrecker", and her fame is lost. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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One of the songs that Nelly sings is "The Flower of Gower Gulch," first sung by Porky Pig in the cartoon "Drip-a-Long Daffy." See more »

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"That's all Folks!" does not appear on end title card. The card reads "Merrie Melodies/A Warner Bros. Cartoon/A Vitaphone Release" on a plain black background. See more »

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References So Much for So Little (1949) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Sung with substitute lyrics by Nelly (the giraffe)
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26 June 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Though the backgrounds make it look like something from TV, the Chuck Jones short "Nelly's Folly" elicits an almost mystical feeling. Portraying an African giraffe with an angelic singing voice getting signed as a star until personal problems ruin her career - a turtle identifies the events shown as "show business" - the cartoon gives one the sense that the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons were trying to take a new direction in the '60s (though the declining quality eventually led to the animation department's closure).

Did I like the cartoon? Well, maybe it wasn't the greatest, but I thought that it was worth seeing. I can understand why it got an Academy Award nomination. As it's not readily available on video or DVD, you can watch it on YouTube.


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