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Booby Hatched (1944)

Winter. A duck struggles mightily, and finally hatches her eggs in the bitter cold, after candling them and seeing the chicks skiing, skating, and otherwise enjoying winter inside the ... See full summary »

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Winter. A duck struggles mightily, and finally hatches her eggs in the bitter cold, after candling them and seeing the chicks skiing, skating, and otherwise enjoying winter inside the shells. All but one, that is: poor little Robespierre. She doesn't notice until after the rest of the brood has gone swimming and Robespierre has sprouted legs and run off in search of warmth. He finds it, under a hibernating bear ("So I laid an egg"), but a wolf has followed him in and snatches the egg, with some help from a stick of TNT. What the wolf hasn't counted on is mama, who's right behind him, with a couple of eye-poking fingers at the ready. The wolf swaps a doorknob for the egg, and starts boiling the egg, but mama arrives in the nick of time only to be rejected by the baby, who was just getting warm. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The unhatched egg is named after Maximilien Francois Robespierre, one of the best-known and most influential figures of the French Revolution, who originated the expression "Omelettes are not made without breaking a few eggs". See more »

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Symphonic Poem No. 3 from Preludes
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Music by Franz Liszt
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Watch for the hibernating bear!
23 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is an incredibly funny cartoon, but a minor character steals the show. There is a hibernating bear who has two lines and the second is one of the funniest bits in the whole short. Other things to watch for are the roll call of the baby ducks' names after they hatch and Robspierre's closing line at the very end. Well worth looking for. Recommended.


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