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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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Robespierre On The Loose
11 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Frank Tashlin was wrapping up his 2nd stint at Schlesinger's in 1944 (supposedly). He had directed a string of mini-masterpieces during this time frame, including this one.

A mother duck hatches her eggs, except one. Robespierre, partially hatched, is in search of a warm spot to hatch, but encounters peril along the way.

A little known fact, in between his two stints at Schlesinger's, Tashlin worked on storyboards for Peter And The Wolf when he was at the Disney studio. This would have been done around 1940 and the film was released in 1946. There are some striking similarities in the staging of the snowstorm scenes. Some historians have stated that Tashlin utilized some of the ideas he conceived for Disney in his 1940's WB cartoons.

Like Tashlin's other short released in late 1944 THE STUPID CUPID, I got the feeling that this film has some long lost footage, based on a conspicuous jump cut. While it hasn't been really discussed as much as THE STUPID CUPID, I wonder if Tashlin's eventual departure had something to do with the poor edits or if the Hay's Office objected to the adult gags that were prevalent in Tashlin's cartoons from this time frame.

Warren Foster reworked this premise for McKimson a few years later as THE SHELL SHOCKED EGG (1948), which was more dialog driven. Both are excellent shorts.


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