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Winter Draws On (1948)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Music | 19 March 1948 (USA)
As winter approaches, a variety of birds fly south to see a warmer climate. We see them packing their suitcases and carrying them in their claws; a bird nest is propelled by a balloon, the ... See full summary »

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Jackson Beck ...
Buzzy / Southern Gentleman Statue (voice) (uncredited)
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Jailbird / Little Chick (voice) (uncredited)
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As winter approaches, a variety of birds fly south to see a warmer climate. We see them packing their suitcases and carrying them in their claws; a bird nest is propelled by a balloon, the mother sets her eight chicks as if they're billiard balls, while a jailbird is stuck in prison. Meanwhile, a soon-to-be father duck paces back and forth while his wife indicates that their egg has not yet hatched. We continue to see a variety of birds flying south, one hitching a ride on a plane, and a parakeet taking his entire cage with him. Another inspection by the prospective duck parents with a match indicates that the egg is not ready - the youngster inside draws the shade down. The migration continues. By the time we come back to the duck couple it is already winter with snow on the ground. The egg refuses to hatch, so the prospective father puts one end of the match in the egg and lights the other end. The egg bursts open and the junior duck is seen hoping up and down with a burnt toe. ... Written by Bob Kosovsky

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First Half Good, But Sing-A-Long Is A Bit Dated
11 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

The thermometer is dropping big-time so our favorite blackbird, "Buzz," the bird with the straw hat, says "I'm outta here," or words to that effect. All the other birds follow suit, and we see quite a variety. Some of the sights are clever, a takeoff on certain kinds of birds. We see a couple of scenes in which an expectant mother and father who are getting impatient and trying to hurry the process.

Then, second half of the cartoon becomes a sing-a-long with the theater audience asked to follow the bouncing ball to the tune of "Alabamy Bound." That gets a little tiresome (and obviously too corny for today's audiences) but returns in the last 20 seconds for a last shot at humor. Overall, more of curiosity piece, but okay. The lyrics to the song are funny, although I'm sure someone would claim they weren't "politically correct."


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