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Holiday for Drumsticks (1949)

The patriarch of a family of farming hill billies is fattening a turkey to slaughter for Thanksgiving Day dinner, and he is fattening the fowl by providing him with a veritable feast of ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Davis

Writer:

Lloyd Turner (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Daffy Duck / Tom Turkey / Maw / Paw (voice)
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The patriarch of a family of farming hill billies is fattening a turkey to slaughter for Thanksgiving Day dinner, and he is fattening the fowl by providing him with a veritable feast of roast beef, ham, fruits, vegetables, cakes, and pies. A jealous Daffy Duck, one of the turkey's fellow farm animals, wants to have all the food for himself. So, Daffy pretends to care for the turkey's welfare and warns the turkey off the food, and he urges the turkey to lose weight so that the hill billies won't want to slaughter him. Daffy gorges himself on the food while acting as coach to the turkey, who is frantically and strenuously trying to reduce himself. When Thanksgiving comes, the turkey is toothpick-thin, and the hillbilly father turns his hungry sights on an overweight Daffy! Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Régime amaigrissant See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Paw: [after a lazy cuckoo emerges from his clock and rings a triangle for a dinner bell] Is that duck ready yet, Maw?
Maw: No, and I don't think he ever will be. I keep a-lightin' the matches and he keeps a-blowin' them out!
[as Maw lights each match, Daffy sticks his head out of the oven and blows them out. Fade out]
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References Tom Turk and Daffy (1944) See more »

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A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You
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Music by Joseph Meyer
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Gobble Gobble Good
27 November 2017 | by Dawalk-1See all my reviews

Another Thanksgiving-themed Daffy Duck cartoon that's just as good as, if not better than, Tom Turk and Daffy. One of the other reviewers of this, TheLittleSongbird, may have found it predictable, but I don't usually try to figure out and guess what's going to happen next before it does, so I don't know. It's somewhat of a remake of Tom Turk and Daffy. But this time a turkey, who's redesigned and has a different voice from the titular turkey in the previous short, which I didn't know at the time when I first saw this, is given the holiday feast by hillbillies, Ma and Pa, to make him get fat enough to be made into a meal himself. But Daffy warns him of their intention and the turkey loses weight whereas Daffy gains it by over-gorging. Months later and just in time for Thanksgiving, the turkey has slimmed down and Daffy has become overweight. When this occurs to the latter, Pa sets his sights on him as part of the meal instead and now Daffy is the one begging the turkey to save him from being the main course.

There are similarities between the two turkey-themed cartoons, but there are differences as well, like the aforementioned reversal roles of Daffy and the turkey in their physiques. The art and animation are fine, the colors are just right, the backgrounds and layouts are nice to see, the music is in top-notch form as usually the case, the story is somewhat distinctive in its own right, and the voices here, all provided by the late Mel Blanc are greatly done as usual. Another reviewer mentioned ducks are female and drakes are male. If that's so, then why are both genders of waterfowl still called ducks, anyway? That aside, this is a another finely directed Merrie Melodies short by Arthur Davis.


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