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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 »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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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 »
Aloha OeSee more »


Which series is this from: Merrie Melodies or Looney Tunes?
List: Warner Bros. cartoons that were nominated for Academy Awards
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
strange that we can't find this more easily, 26 June 2007
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

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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