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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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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:

Cuidado com o Campo See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Edited into Pepe Le Pew's Skunk Tales (1986) See more »

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Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
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Slow-paced, calculated and sometimes wonderful
22 April 2009 | by phantom_tollboothSee all my reviews

Chuck Jones's 'Much Ado About Nutting' is a calculated, slow-paced cartoon which ultimately suffers from a weak and overly bizarre punch line. Nevertheless, Jones's genius is amply displayed in the lead-up to this disappointing finale. 'Much Ado About Nutting' follows an urban squirrel's attempts to open a seemingly impenetrable coconut with ever grander schemes, culminating in him tossing it off the Empire State Building. The squirrel is rendered in a more realistic style than the anthropomorphised creatures that populate most cartoons and the story is played out sans dialogue. Jones uses this to his advantage, highlighting the squirrel's growing frustration and obsession for laughs. Indeed, 'Much Ado About Nutting' is at its funniest and most impressive between the punchlines. For instance, the gag at the end of the Empire State sequence is amusing enough but the lead up to it, in which we watch the squirrel agonisingly push the coconut up the thousands of stairs is extraordinarily attractive and tinged with both a sense of suspense and not a little inevitability. 'Much Ado About Nutting' does not quite scale the heights of the truly classic Warner one-shots but it is constantly engaging and occasionally wonderful.


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