Popeye begins his movie career by singing his theme song, demonstrating his strength at a carnival, dancing the hula with Betty Boop, pummeling Bluto, eating his spinach and saving Olive Oyl from certain doom on the railroad tracks.
This starts off as an adaptation of Robert Service's poem 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew', complete with a literal depiction of a man with one foot in the grave, but when Dan McGoo turns out ... See full summary »
An earthworm living in a hole in the ground is a nervous wreck since a nearby bird does believe the old adage "the early bird gets the worm". Every morning, the bird lies in wait to nab the worm, so far without success. To help protect himself, the worm enlists the help of a cat, albeit a somewhat dopey cat. As the bird chases the worm, and as the cat chases the bird, the worm thinks he's got the solution to all his problems, which may sacrifice his new relationship with the cat. But the cat's not quite as dopey as he first appears.Written by
This cartoon not only has the movie connection with the billboard spoofing Mrs. Miniver (1942), but it also references itself. The billboard also advertises the added M-G-M cartoon "The Early Bird Dood It! " with a poster similar to this cartoon's title card. And, the Worm comments he hopes that cartoon is funnier than this one. See more »
[they pause their chase in front of a poster for the M-G-M cartoon "The Early Bird Dood It!"]
"Say, I, uh, hear that's a pretty funny cartoon.
Well, I hope it's funnier than this one.
[whistles, and the chase resumes]
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The Early Bird Dood It! was one of Tex Avery's early M-G-M cartoons
This was a Tex Avery M-G-M cartoon that I just watched on the Girl Crazy (Garland/Rooney version) DVD. The worm (who it seems sounds and acts a little like Lou Costello) is trying to get away from the early bird but, of course, he's not easy to get rid of. So when a cat is chasing a mouse in his view, the worm convinces the feline to chase the bird he wants to rid himself of. I'll stop there and just say what you expect from Tex based on his many cartoons, you'll find here as well like signs stating the obvious or unexpected endings. This was one he made after immediately leaving Leon Schlesinger's studio and it's safe to assume if he hadn't, Hanna-Barbera's Tom & Jerry cartoons would have probably not been as outrageous as they eventually got. So on that note, The Early Bird Dood It! is very much worth seeing.
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