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fable | yodel | worm | singing | robin | See All (11) »


Animation | Short






Release Date:

22 June 1930 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone System)
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[first lines]
Lady Duck: [singing] Listen to the mockingbird! / Listen to the mockingbird! / Oh, the mockingbird is singin' in the tree. / Listen to the mockingbird! / Listen to the mockingbird!
[the mockingbird blows her a raspberry]
Lady Duck: [running off] Oh, for goodness sake!
Bird in Overalls: Hey, listen to the mockingbird!
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Listen to the Mockingbird
Music by Richard Milburn and lyrics by Septimus Winner (published under the name Alice Hawthorne)
Sung by a bird
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A Musical In The First Half; Comedic Adventure In The Second
18 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A happy-go-lucky musical where various characters, mostly birds I guess (tough to tell with all dressed up in hats and clothes), play instruments, sing or dance. The instruments could be anything from real ones to gigantic corn stalks where the corns are used as piano keys. Birds dance and they change from young to old to the grave as they dance. Weird stuff, and one reason I enjoy the early '30s cartoons. Many of them are bizarre.

However, there is a problem: it really wasn't much humor in here, and after three or four minutes it needed a spark. They must have known this so, suddenly we a story: one of the birds trying to catch a slippery worm and then impressing his girlfriend. All the "talking" is done with whistling.

Only in cartoons, of course, can you see a long worm being used as an engine for an airplane! (Don't ask.) This second half of this wound up to be a pretty wild adventure and fun to watch.

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