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Much Ado About Nutting (1953)

A squirrel in a downtown park lugs a giant coconut back home, but nothing he does can seem to crack it open.

Director:

Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)
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Storyline

From atop his tree in Central Park, a squirrel spies an outdoor stand selling nuts. The squirrel crosses the street, races up the peanut cart and jumps into a bag of peanuts. He has a stack of them in his arms before spying something more glorious than peanuts: walnuts! Moments later, he sees the most beautiful sight in his life: Brazil nuts! Finally, in all their eye-popping glory: coconuts. Coconuts stacked to the sky. The squirrel manages to roll a coconut back to his tree. But his anticipated feast is thwarted when he discovers he can't bite into it. He can't even crack it open with a rock. The rock breaks. He can't drop it from a branch in his tree. It just makes a hole in the ground. The squirrel finds to his mounting frustration that nothing seems to break the coconut. But the squirrel is determined to crack open his prize. He is, in fact, determined enough to roll the coconut to the top of the Empire State Building. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Much Ado About Nutting See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The unnamed squirrel in this shirt makes a cameo appearance at the end of Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). See more »

Goofs

At the end when the squirrel gives up, he places the coconut at the front of the tray with the remaining coconuts but as he walks away, first the sound of a coconut falling over other coconuts is heard and then we see the coconut falling down over the over the other coconuts. That would not happen as it was shown that he placed the coconut at the front. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fountain in the Park
(uncredited)
aka "While Strolling Through the Park One Day"
Music by Ed Haley
Played during the opening credits
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Very sweet and amusing, hard to resist
4 June 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Chuck Jones has made a lot of masterpieces, and while Much Ado About Nutting is not among them it is not one to scorn at. The ending did seem a little weak and too bizarre, but everything else was fine. It is a very beautifully drawn cartoon full of vibrant colour and very distinctive of Jones' style. The music is a perfect match to the visuals and gags in character and how appealingly orchestrated it is. Much Ado About Nutting is somewhat leisurely, but the clever gags and the way the simple story is told without any dialogue stop it from falling into the dull-trap. And you'd be hard pressed to find a more adorable animated squirrel, unique for Jones maybe not but irresistible yes. And this cuteness is done without feeling too much. In conclusion, sweet and amusing, not one of the master's best but one of his more underrated ones. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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