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Hook, Line and Sinker (1939)

Sourpuss the cat and Gandy Goose are fishermen who end up getting chased by a whale.


Eddie Donnelly


John Foster (story)


Arthur Kay


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Uncredited cast:
Arthur Kay Arthur Kay ... Gandy Goose / Sourpuss (voice) (uncredited)


Sourpuss the cat isn't having any luck catching fish; but dumb old Gandy Goose rows nearby and pulls a fish out of the water the moment he drops his hook into the sea. And he continues pulling out fish faster than he could pluck gumballs from a bowl. Meanwhile, Sourpuss threatens his bait at gunpoint, demanding that the cowering worm do his job. A minute later, the worm bursts back out of the sea and dives terrified back into his can. Sourpuss knows there must be a big fish down there, and so he dives into the sea himself and puts the hook in the sleeping fish's mouth. Unfortunately, once he pulls him up, the big fish falls off the hook, leaving a smaller fish. That one falls off, leaving a still smaller fish. It happens again and a pelican flies by to steal the tiny fish that remains. Sourpuss decides that his only chance to get a fish is to go into partnership with the easy-going goose. Little does he guess that this fishy little alliance will lead to both of them getting chased by ... Written by J. Spurlin

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fish | sourpuss | goose | worm | whale | See All (45) »







Release Date:

8 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Terrytoons See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was the first pairing of Gandy Goose and Sourpuss. See more »

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Gandy's fish tale
21 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Terrytoons are oddly interesting, mainly for anybody wanting to see (generally) older cartoons made by lesser known and lower-budget studios. They are a mixed bag in quality, with some better than others, often with outstanding music and with some mild amusement and charm and variable in animation, characterisation and content.

1939, like all the other years for Terrytoons, saw a hit and miss batch. Of which 'Hook, Line and Sinker', another Gandy Goose cartoon in his first pairing with Sourpuss, is one of the high middle ones ranking it in correlation with the rest of the Terrytoons and one of the better 1939 cartoons. It is an unexceptional, nothing exactly special cartoon and has the same amount of problems as it has the amount of strengths. 'Hook, Line and Sinker' is also worth the look, completest sake is the main reason to see it but it's not the only reason.

Best asset is the music, which predictably is incredible. It is so beautifully and cleverly orchestrated and arranged, is great fun to listen to and full of lively energy, doing so well with enhancing the action. The ambitious, elaborate detail in the backgrounds is still great to see, as is the comparatively improved fluidity of drawing and movement, and some synchronisation in movement and sound is neat.

A number of well timed and amusing moments, some neat fishing touches, some imaginative and there is some zest and natural charm, and parts of it and the basic set up are nicely done. The supporting characters are great fun, especially the whale and Sourpuss doesn't fare too badly in the first pairing with Gandy, and much more interesting than Gandy.

Outside of the backgrounds and more fluidity than seen previously however, a few of the transitions are not always polished.

Likewise, the story is paper thin and formulaic with not an awful lot to it (like the cartoon in general). While with more gags than expected for a Gandy cartoon, a few lack freshness and wit to work properly. The cartoon tends to veer towards being too cute and a lot of it is pretty predictable from being a familiar premise for Terrytoons. Some choppiness too and the cartoon feels very old fashioned and at times routine with Gandy still not being the most appealing characters on the block.

Summing up, above average and not bad at all, though also not great. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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