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Goofy Groceries (1941)

Approved | | War, Family, Animation | 29 March 1941 (USA)
Grocery store products come to life, along with caricatures of Jack Benny, Rochester and Ned Sparks, and take-offs on Superman and King Kong.

Director:

Robert Clampett

Writer:

Melvin Millar
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Elvia Allman ... Cow / Can Can Dancers (voice) (uncredited)
Bea Benaderet ... Cow / Can Can Dancers / Gorilla's Mother (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Crab / Jack Bunny / Chicken Pie / Dog / Gorilla / Black Boy / Superman (voice) (uncredited)
Kent Rogers Kent Rogers ... Gorilla (voice) (uncredited)
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Grocery store products come to life, along with caricatures of Jack Benny, Rochester and Ned Sparks, and take-offs on Superman and King Kong.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1941 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Jack Bunny: [after seeing that the explosion blackened his clothes] My oh my, tattletale gray.
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Alternate Versions

The final gag, Rochester saying, "My oh my, tattletale gray," is often cut. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hail to the King - A King named Kong (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
(uncredited)
Music by Eubie Blake
Lyrics by Noble Sissle
Sung by the Soup Cans
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Not quite a Bob Clampett classic, but good fun
19 September 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Bob Clampett had a uniquely wild and imaginative style, and most of his cartoons range from good to classic, with the odd misfire like 'The Hep Cat'.

'Goofy Groceries' is good fun and definitely well worth watching for any fans of Clampett or animation in general, but it is not a classic and could have been better certainly. Pacing is a little uneven, with the second half having more of the trademark Clampett wild energy, the first half is gorgeously animated and the gags are very good but somewhat sedate set-up.

The climax veers on being too silly, and agreed too much of a Deux Ex Machina. Also really didn't care for the closing gag, which was out of date and insensitive, not really belonging with the rest of the cartoon.

However, as aforementioned, 'Goofy Groceries' does have some gorgeous animation, with vibrantly rich colours, drawing that is both smooth and inventive and superbly meticulous detail. The music is similarly amazing, the energy is astounding and the orchestration beautiful and lively with clever use of instruments and such. It not only fits so well, it elevates the material to a higher level.

As for the gags, they are very funny and well-timed, especially the sardines and the tomato can-can dance. The caricatures, like the ones for Jack Benny and Leopold Stokowski, are similarly inspired. The King Kong-like character is good enough if not as memorable as other assets of the cartoon. 'Goofy Groceries' may be light on plot, but the fun factor is high. Mel Blanc's voice work cannot be faulted.

In conclusion, good fun if not a Clampett classic. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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