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After a multicolored rock group introduces the cartoon, Norman Normal is asked by a boss to wine and dine a client at a nightclub party, something Normal is uncomfortable with. He talks ... See full summary »

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After a multicolored rock group introduces the cartoon, Norman Normal is asked by a boss to wine and dine a client at a nightclub party, something Normal is uncomfortable with. He talks with his dad about it who rambles on and tells Norman, "don't make waves". At the party, Norman talks with his lampshade-clad friend Leo, disapproves of a joke told by one of the guests suspecting it's about a "minority group" and is ridiculed by the bartender for only having a ginger ale. Norman leaves the party and returns us to the multicolored rock group. Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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3 February 1968 (USA)  »

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Neither a Merrie Melodie nor a Looney Tune - this film was released as a one-time-only "Cartoon Special". See more »

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Norman: I can't take this man that I don't know to a nightclub that I never go to, and try to get him to buy a shipment of ball-bearings by getting him drunk!
Norman's Boss: Everybody's doing it, Norm! Listen, you want to count?
Norman: It just isn't right.
Norman's Boss: But nobody will ever know!
Norman: But I'll know.
Norman's Boss: [de-ages into a college student] Mummy and Daddy won't know!
Norman: But, I...
Norman's Boss: [de-ages into a teenager] Listen, you wanna be in the gang?
Norman: Well, sure...
Norman's Boss: [de-ages into a young boy] Well then, go take Tommy's glove away or don't come any more!
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Norman Normal Theme
Written by N. Paul Stookey
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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One of the better late-60s WB cartoons, but also under-appreciated
30 May 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have been a lifelong fan of the Looney Tunes/Warner Brothers cartoons, but the late-60s output(the dark age I've heard it being called) has been largely disappointing. There are a few good ones though, and Norman Normal is one of the better ones. The animation has been more fluid and detailed before Norman Normal, but it's still colourful and nice to look at, much better-looking than the Daffy/Speedy output in particular. The music is memorable, more than listenable and fits well with the humour, one of Bill Lava's- his scoring I have been mixed on- better late-60s WB efforts. The theme song is very catchy. The writing is very satirical and it is suitably witty and the best of it makes your sides split from laughing. The visual gags and sound effects are clever and imaginative too, the modern atmosphere is very nicely depicted, done in a way that never jars, and there are effective scenes like Norman refusing to laugh at the minority group joke. The characters are fun and Norman is a likable protagonist. The voice acting is solid too, though you do miss Mel Blanc. All in all, under-appreciated and highly effective cartoon, not WB at their absolute best or in their heyday but considering we're talking about their dark era here Norman Normal is one of their better ones by quite some considerable margin. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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