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Yankee Doodle Cricket (1975)

Chester C. Cricket and his friends help out Thomas Jefferson and Paul Revere.


Chuck Jones


Chuck Jones, George Selden (book)

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Cast overview:
Les Tremayne ... Chester C. Cricket / Harry the Cat (voice)
Mel Blanc ... Tucker the Mouse / Rattlesnake / Bald Eagle (voice)
June Foray ... Marsha the Lightning Bug / Queen Bee (voice)


The War of Independence has begun, and Tucker the Mouse, Harry the Cat and Chester C. Cricket are indispensable to the American colonies' effort to free themselves from the rule of the despotic English king. Harry and Tucker help Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence. Chester creates the tune for "Yankee Doodle Dandy." And all the animals--including John and Marsha, the lightning bugs--help Paul Revere spread the message that the British are coming. Written by J. Spurlin

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16 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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While attempting to write the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson uses various quotes from American history. They are as follows: "Let me make this perfectly clear." - This quote was made famous (or infamous depending on how you look at it) by former President Richard Nixon; "Two chickens in every pot, two horses in every stable." - A parody of President Herbert Hoover's 1928 election promise that there would be "a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage" if he was elected; "Speak softly but carry a big stick." - Quote by former President Teddy Roosevelt that summed up his view of foreign policy; "The Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming." - A line from George M. Cohan's World War I patriotic song "Over There"; "54-40 or fight." - This was a slogan by the Democrat Party in 1846 calling for the U.S. to control the Oregon Territory all the way to the 54°40' north parallel or go to war with Britain; "I shall return." - Famous quote by GEN Douglas MacArthur after he was force to leave the Phillipines during World War II. See more »


[first lines]
Tucker the Mouse: Un-credible. Well, well. In-believable. Hm, well, hm. Oddities of American History is right. Wow. Un-credible. Un-incredible. I didn't know that.
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Yankee Doodle
Performed by Mel Blanc and Les Tremayne
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Its Perfectly Clear
25 May 2007 | by cckriegSee all my reviews

My Dear F Gwynplaine MacIntyre, because you're a citizen of England, Im not going to criticize you for not being familiar with American culture, but as someone who has watched more than enough reruns from the 60s and 70s, I can assure that shows from the 1970s and I can cite several, All In th Family, The Mary Tyler Moore SHow, Maude, The Jeffersons, Good Times, etc all made similar jokes about Nixon's "perfectly clear remarks. Yes, Nixon did indeed use that phrase, and yes, it was funny. Did you ever stop to consider that maybe the producers were trying trying to suggest that Nixon wasn't up to the same high standards of high office as our forefathers, yes, Our forefathers, not yours. So to criticize "Yankee Doodle Cricket" over that one single joke that you found annoying and didn't get because you're a foreigner and not familiar with US History is pointless. Maybe you would have gotten the joke if you had been an adult in the 1970s who felt betrayed by Nixon's failure to be the guardian of the people's trust. At its worst, the "perfectly clear" joke, which Nixon did indeed say quite often during his scandalous presidency, not unlike the Clinton administration, was not very original as I said that other TV shows and movies at the time used the same joke.

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