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The Rattled Rooster (1948)

A rooster is unable to get worms; the other chickens either get there first or trick him out of the worms. But there's one worm nobody else competes for, because it's a trickster. It uses ... See full summary »

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A rooster is unable to get worms; the other chickens either get there first or trick him out of the worms. But there's one worm nobody else competes for, because it's a trickster. It uses the garden hose, a balloon, toothpaste, and a high-voltage line to fool the chicken. It gets the chicken stuck in a pipe, then launches it with a hotfoot. The rooster doesn't believe it, so the worm launches him again. The worm then attaches a baby rattle to his tail and fools the chicken, but a real rattler mistakes the worm for her child. The worm and rooster team up to get the rattler stuck in a fence, using a couple of golf balls, then shake hands and walk away. The light finally dawns on the rooster, and he comes back after the worm who traps him in the fence, right next to the snake. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Won't leave the viewer rattled
29 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

Directed by Arthur Davis, it is easy to from reading the title assume that 'The Rattled Rooster' is a Foghorn Leghorn cartoon. Don't be fooled, because although the rooster character featured looks like a long-lost relative of Foghorn there is no Foghorn actually in sight. 'The Rattled Rooster' is certainly worth watching and is quite good, but do feel that it is not as good as most of the Foghorn Leghorn series and it is not and never will be one of my favourites.

'The Rattled Rooster' is pretty unoriginal and slight in story and some of the content could have done with more variety and not been as repetitive. It's always entertaining but very rarely is it hilarious.

However, the animation is excellent. Beautifully drawn, very detailed and the colours are vibrant, complete with some great expressions and Davis' distinctive style of the characters moving from foreground to background.

Carl Stalling's music score is typically lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms, it's also beautifully synchronised with the action and gestures/expressions and even enhances the impact.

Although not hilarious, 'The Rattled Rooster' amuses and entertains with some nice wit and good timing. The characters may not have much distinct personality or enough to have made them bigger or even stars but they were engaging and not hard to like. The ever versatile Mel Blanc's voice acting is stellar.

Overall, quite good fun though won't blow anybody away. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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