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Mother Goose Goes Hollywood (1938)

Various Mother Goose rhymes are portrayed by Hollywood stars for example, Old King Cole's fiddlers three are the Marx Brothers, and Humpty Dumpty is W.C. Fields, who falls while tormenting ... See full summary »

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Al Bernie ... (voice)
Thelma Boardman ... (voice)
Ann Lee ... (voice)
Dave Weber ... (voice)
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Various Mother Goose rhymes are portrayed by Hollywood stars for example, Old King Cole's fiddlers three are the Marx Brothers, and Humpty Dumpty is W.C. Fields, who falls while tormenting Charlie McCarthy; Simple Simon and the Pieman are Laurel and Hardy. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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23 December 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mamma Oca va a Hollywood  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The opening shot of the cartoon displays what looks like the MGM logo, except with a goose in place of Leo the Lion (but the goose actually roars like a lion). On the ring surrounding the goose, there is a message that reads, "Ertsnay to ouyay". This is Pig Latin for "Nerts to you", a then-mild way of saying "Nuts to you". See more »

Quotes

W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty: Ah, yes, my little chickadee. Let me inspect your tiny brood. Uh, so it's you.
Charlie McCarthy: Ha, ha, ha. Lovely day, lovely day. What a beautiful sunrise. Or is that your nose?
W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty: Why, you... Lucifer. I'll show you...
Charlie McCarthy: Now don't get hard-boiled, or I'll sic an egg beater on you.
W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty: I'll mow you down!
[Loses balance]
W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty: Look out below.
[Falls head first on a mushroom]
Charlie McCarthy: Bottoms up, Mr. Egg. Bottoms up.
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Spoofs Captains Courageous (1937) See more »

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Mother Goose Goes Hollywood was an entertaining Disney Silly Symphony featuring celebrity caricatures
1 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

I just recently (as of today) discovered a blog devoted to Cab Calloway called The Hi-De-Ho Blog. One section showcases caricatures of the legendary entertainer in various cartoons from Max Fleischer (whose shorts Cab actually was involved in), Warner Bros., M-G-M, and this one from Walt Disney in which Mother Goose characters are depicted as Hollywood celebrities. Mr. Calloway is one of the "four blackbirds in a pie sequence" and while that may have an unfortunate stereotypical connotation (which may be true of some of the white celebrities too), seeing "Cab", "Fats", and "Louis" do their musical stuff was enjoyable. The only real negative portrayal of an African-American here was that of the lazy, shiftless, Stepin Fetchit character. Other depictions of celebrities I liked were that of W.C. Fields with Charlie McCarthy with Fields as Humpty Dumpty, The Marx Brothers sans Zeppo as the Fidlers Three (Harpo appears here as a redhead and not a blonde), and Laurel and Hardy as Simple Simon and the Pieman with welcome use of Marvin Hatley's L & H musical theme "The Cukoo Song (Dance of the Cukoos)". If there's one celebrity that may be obscure even to old movie buffs, it might be that of Joe Penner whose catchphrase "Wanna buy a duck?" anticipates a very familiar Disney character. So despite some negative stereotypical characterizations, I recommend Mother Goose Goes Hollywood for any animation buff especially those of old-time movie star caricatures.


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