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David Detiege (story) &
Chuck Jones (story)
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Release Date:
30 December 1961 (USA) See more »
A talent agent on an African safari discovers Nelly, a singing giraffe, and brings her to America to be a famous performer... See more » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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A delightful story with poignancy. See more (6 total) »


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Mel Blanc ... Married Giraffe / Little Bird / Tortoise (voice)
Gloria Wood ... Nelly (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ed Prentiss ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Chuck Jones 
Abe Levitow (co-director)
Maurice Noble (co-director)
Writing credits
David Detiege (story) (as Dave Detiege) &
Chuck Jones (story)

Original Music by
Milt Franklyn 
Film Editing by
Treg Brown 
Animation Department
Philip DeGuard .... background artist
Ken Harris .... animator
Tom Ray .... animator
Richard Thompson .... animator
Ben Washam .... animator
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Additional Details

7 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (PCA #19620)

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
References So Much for So Little (1949)See more »
Auld Lang SyneSee more »


Which series is this from: Merrie Melodies or Looney Tunes?
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A delightful story with poignancy., 7 June 2003
Author: taletiger from American Giraffe Country (Florida)

This is a delightful story of discovery, loss and rediscovery of which I would recommend to anyone who enjoys music with soul. I focused on Nelly's singing, and found myself entranced. Gloria Wood did a fantastic job bring Nelly's voice to life!

Nelly starts out singing for the pure joy of it while in the jungle and later, she sings with an air of sophistication. You can really feel her emotions in her singing. Nelly eventually returns to the jungle, but her singing has become mournful. Her sad song near the end of the story is truely acute to the spirit, but it turns to pure joy when she finds she is no longer alone! This cartoon is special for me in several ways, but the singing alone makes it worthwhile. Chuck Jones and David Detiege took a classic story of Hollywood and added elements to it that make it stand out. I wish Nelly had been in more Looney Tunes!

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