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Nelly's Folly (1961)

Nelly the singing giraffe begins a singing career, but finds that chasing fame brings her nothing but unhappiness.

Directors:

Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow (co-director) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

David Detiege (story) (as Dave Detiege), Chuck Jones (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Married Giraffe / Little Bird / Tortoise (voice)
Gloria Wood Gloria Wood ... Nelly (voice)
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Storyline

A talent agent on an African safari discovers Nelly, a singing giraffe, and brings her to America to be a famous performer. But with fame comes loneliness, and Nelly longs for male companionship. When her attentions to a male giraffe result in him leaving his family, Nelly becomes publically scorned as a "home-wrecker", and her fame is lost. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La folía de Nelly See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the songs that Nelly sings is "The Flower of Gower Gulch," first sung by Porky Pig in the cartoon "Drip-a-Long Daffy." See more »

Crazy Credits

"That's all Folks!" does not appear on end title card. The card reads "Merrie Melodies/A Warner Bros. Cartoon/A Vitaphone Release" on a plain black background. See more »

Connections

References So Much for So Little (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Columbia, Gem of the Ocean
aka "The Red, White and Blue" (uncredited)
Traditional
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A delightful story with poignancy.
7 June 2003 | by taletigerSee all my reviews

This is a delightful story of discovery, loss and rediscovery of which I would recommend to anyone who enjoys music with soul. I focused on Nelly's singing, and found myself entranced. Gloria Wood did a fantastic job bring Nelly's voice to life!

Nelly starts out singing for the pure joy of it while in the jungle and later, she sings with an air of sophistication. You can really feel her emotions in her singing. Nelly eventually returns to the jungle, but her singing has become mournful. Her sad song near the end of the story is truely acute to the spirit, but it turns to pure joy when she finds she is no longer alone! This cartoon is special for me in several ways, but the singing alone makes it worthwhile. Chuck Jones and David Detiege took a classic story of Hollywood and added elements to it that make it stand out. I wish Nelly had been in more Looney Tunes!


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