A pelican is going fishing, with a pole and a can of "woims." The fish (apparently the only one in the pond) is too smart for him, and it jumps out of the water and starts heckling. He smokes a cattail like a cigar, using the pelican as an ashtray. He ties the pelican up with his own fishing line, then takes a bath in the bill. Next, the fish sings some opera with the pelican as his gondola. The pelican disguises his rump as a game warden, and has a little argument where he says there are no fish worth catching anyhow; the fish, insulted, falls into the trap and is about to be fried with butter when a bee conveniently attacks the pelican, letting the fish go free. Written by
Jon Reeves <email@example.com>
Columbia Pictures, in an effort to improve their cartoon production, offered Frank Tashlin a free hand -- which was pretty much what he had at Schlesinger's cartoon factory since the boss didn't really care about cartoons, but apparently the desire not to hear the producer start the rushes with the order "Roll the crap!" was a major incentive. Anyway, he immediately produced the great THE FOX AND THE GRAPES, and this turned out this one about a pelican who goes fishing, but is constantly outwitted by the fish.
Yep, it's pretty much of a rehash of A WILD HARE, the basic Bugs Bunny movie, for the first six minutes, but without quite the wild behavior that Avery and later Clampett gave the wascally wabbit. It's a good effort, with well-timed gags and some fine sequences animated by the sequence directors.
But something went wrong, and in a couple of years Tashlin returned to Termite Terrace, then struck for live action comedy -- eventually directing some very good Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis vehicles.
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