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A Day at the Zoo (1939)

A tour of the zoo, in typical Tex Avery style: a series of one-liners and sight gags, punctuated by Egghead teasing a lion at intervals, despite the admonishments of the narrator.

Director:

Tex Avery (as Fred Avery)

Writer:

Melvin Millar
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Tex Avery ... Other Elk Named Bill (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Egghead / Elk Named Bill / Monkey / Parrot / Stool Pigeon / Mother Ostrich / Joe Jumbo / Wildcat (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce Robert C. Bruce ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
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A tour of the zoo, in typical Tex Avery style: a series of one-liners and sight gags, punctuated by Egghead teasing a lion at intervals, despite the admonishments of the narrator.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Une journée au zoo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

[a woman sees a monkey, but notices a sign that says "Do Not Feed the Monkeys," and looks both ways to make sure nobody's looking; she takes out a bag of peanuts to give to the monkey, but the monkey throws it at her face]
Monkey: Hey, sister!
[grabs the sign]
Monkey: Can't you read?
[puts down the sign and leaves]
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Connections

Referenced in Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional
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A Day at the Zoo is amusing Tex Avery entry of Warner cartoons
6 December 2006 | by tavmSee all my reviews

A Day at the Zoo is a typically amusing Warner Bros. cartoon directed by Fred "Tex" Avery. You'll see pink elephants, a pack of camels smoking cigarettes, a monkey admonishing a lady trying to feed him when the sign says not to, and a human baboon switching places with an actual one. Some gags are now too dated (like the two panthers walking around and constantly saying, "Bread and butter", or two (human) Elks greeting each other), and the typical speed of Avery has not been fully developed yet (that would come when he moves to MGM). However, there is a historical interest here as this has a recurring gag appearance of Egghead, a precursor to Elmer Fudd, who keeps teasing a caged lion even after the narrator tells him not too. Egghead keeps saying, "I'm a bad boy" impersonating it's originator, Lou Costello. So to any fan of Avery and Warner cartoons, A Day at the Zoo is worth a look.


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