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The Early Worm Gets the Bird (1940)

Mammy blackbird puts her three little ones to bed, but one of them stays up reading "The Early Bird Catches the Worm." Mammy throws the book out the window and warns the little ones about ... See full summary »

Director:

Tex Avery (as Fred Avery)

Writer:

Jack Miller (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Margaret Hill-Talbot Margaret Hill-Talbot ... Bird in Bed
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Storyline

Mammy blackbird puts her three little ones to bed, but one of them stays up reading "The Early Bird Catches the Worm." Mammy throws the book out the window and warns the little ones about the fox, which will surely get them if they try to be an early bird. The reader pays no heed, and gets up at 5 AM. Alas, the worm has seen the book, so is alerted and evades the bird. And sure enough, before long, the fox shows up and soon has the bird in his grasp. The worm takes pity, though, and lures a bee into stinging the fox so he'll release the bird. The bird heads home to safety, but unlike his brothers, he's not interested when mammy asks if he wants worms for breakfast (and the worm pops up to say, "neither does I, mammy.") Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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worm | fox | bee | blackbird | surrealism | See All (10) »


Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Der Erlkönig
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
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oh no
3 July 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Yes, "The Early Worm Gets the Bird" is one of the many creative cartoons that unfortunately is now hard to laugh at due to racial stereotypes. In this case, the blackbirds are caricatures of African-Americans. But as long as we understand that, it's not a bad cartoon, as a baby bird wakes up early to catch a worm, but the worm is ahead of him (and there are warnings about the hungry fox). The truth is, although Tex Avery directed this, it comes out a little bit flatter than most of his cartoons. But make no mistake, it does elicit a few laughs, especially with the surprise ending. I guess that it's worth seeing maybe once. Available on YouTube.


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