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The Fox and the Grapes (1941)

Illustrating the origin of what sour grapes are (post-Aesop, that is), Crow gets Fox to trade him his picnic lunch for some grapes high on a vine. After many difficulties, the fox manages to get to them but discovers they are sour indeed.


Frank Tashlin


Frank Tashlin (story)


Mel Blanc


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Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Fox / Crow (voice) (uncredited)


Traveling through the countryside, a fox rests alongside a tree for a picnic. A nearby crow, however, tries to steal his food but is discovered by the fox and given a hotfoot. Reading from "Eslop's Fables" that foxes love grapes, he offers a vine of grapes to the fox but only if he will give up his picnic lunch in exchange for them. The fox figures that he can just get them himself. First, he tries jumping but, naturally, misses. Next, he tries pole-vaulting but crash-lands. Then, he tries propelling himself on a teeter-totter with a rock, but it lands on his head. Finally, he tries using a tree catapult that thrashes him from side to side. At this point, the fox admits defeat and gives the crow his lunch, only to be called a sucker. In the end, however, the fox is finally able to get the grapes, only to discover that they are sour grapes! Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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5 December 1941 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The first Fox and Crow cartoon. The film's basic premise and episodic structure were an influence on Chuck Jones's Road Runner cartoons. See more »


References Charley's Aunt (1941) See more »


Tales From the Vienna Woods
Music by Johann Strauss
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Tashlin's first cartoon for Columbia/Screen Gems is a winner!
21 April 2006 | by theshape-13See all my reviews

The Color Rhapsody "The Fox & The Grapes" was the first cartoon produced, written and directed under the Frank Tashlin regime after the death of producer Charles Mintz. Tashlin was working at the Disney studios as a gag man when approached to assume producer duties. At the time, the Disney staff was on strike and Tashlin took full advantage of his new situation by hiring former Disneyites to work at the Screen Gems studios. Tashlin's reign was not a lengthy one, but this is one of the finest cartoons produced by the studio.

This cartoon was also the debut for the characters of the Fox & Crow, who went on to star in 23 more cartoons. The premise is ideal - a milquetoast fox (voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc) attempts to purloin a bunch of grapes dangled by a wily crow (also voiced by Blanc). The crow only wants the fox to share his picnic lunch with him, but the fox refuses. From this point, a hilarious string of attempts to acquire the grapes begins. The blackout gags are quite funny, the animation is superb and the music score by Eddie Kilfeather is top-notch!

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