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Little Brown Jug (1948)

"Little Brown Jug" is an animated short about various woodland creatures milling and drinking apple cider. Includes a sing-a-long of the title song.


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Uncredited cast:
Jackson Beck ...
Piggy (voice) (uncredited)
Sid Raymond ...
Turtle (voice) (uncredited)


A cartoon in the Paramount audience-participation, follow-the-bouncing-ball sing-along series (Paramount number X7-3)in which it shows that blowing the apples off a tree with an electric fan works so well that the old cider mill breaks down from an overload, and the cider in the old-mill stream has an odd effect on all the animals in the vicinity. A cow gives 100-proof milk and a fisherman's hook catches fish by their tail. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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cider | apple | stream | song | sing along | See All (31) »


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Release Date:

20 February 1948 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Aimed For Children,Or Adults (or both)?
29 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Little Brown Jug is just one of many ScreenSong animated shorts that Famous Studios released during the 1940's (the series actually started back in the early 1930's,but was phased out by Max Fleischer in the later half of the 30's,until they were brought back by Famous Studios,after the Fleischer Brothers were given their walking papers in 1943). This one features a gaggle of forest animals that produce a batch of apple cider that turns into hard cider,and gets anyone who manages to get a bellyfull of it, rip roaring drunk. Halfway through the action, the song 'Little Brown Jug' is sung (along with the famous, follow the bouncing ball,to encourage the audience to sing along). I guess my only quirk about this short is, although quite funny, it does depict drunken behavior aimed at young children (a chicken drinks some of it & lays some eggs that produce drunken baby chicks). I guess nobody really thought seriously about alcoholism much back in the 1940's,and the damage that results from it (and I'm far from being a tea totaler)

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