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A Star is Hatched
Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: April 2, 1938
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Ted Pierce
Animation: Bob McKimson
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Sara Berner
Bernice Hansen
Tedd Pierce
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Emily the Chicken
J. Megga Phone
Baby Chick
W.C. Fields
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Preceded By: Porky's Phoney Express
Succeeded By: Porky's Five & Ten
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A Star is Hatched

A Star is Hatched is a 1938 Merrie Melodies cartoon.


Emily the Chicken goes to Hollywood to become a movie star.

Clem meets Emily and gives he flowers, but Emily wants to be alone continuing to read the movie magazine. Emily then sees a "Megaphone" and runs out leaving Clem heartbroken. The man tells her go to Hollywood if she wants to be in pictures. She then walks 2000 miles to Hollywood. On the way we see many caricatures of Hollywood stars for a minute and a half before reverting back to Emily. Emily walks into a building but not too long before getting kicked out because the sign said, "DO NOT ENTER WHEN THE RED LIGHT IS ON!". We then see some acting rehearsals taking place for about 2 minutes before reverting back to Emily who has found the "Megaphone" man. She tries to get his attention but sadly the door is slammed on her. Emily cries going back to Hickville with Clem and having kids. One of the chicks reads the magazine Emily read earlier in the cartoon, but Emily slaps her when the chick says she wants to be an actress too.


This was Freleng's final cartoon because he went to work for MGM on their Captain and the Kids cartoons, which were not successful. The reason he went was higher pay at MGM. After the series was cancelled, Freleng returned to Warner Bros. He started on Confederate Honey on his return, starring Elmer Fudd.

This is one of those a.a.p. CN airings after 1995, although a "dubbed version" does exist, which uses the 1938-41 rendition instead of the 1937-38 one.

The dubbed version was released on LaserDisc and the cartoon only survives with its original ending through AAP CN airings.

The Hollywood night lights title would be used by Avery in Daffy Duck in Hollywood (Short) for the opening title.

Final appearance of Emily until 1950 becoming Miss Prissy.


  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Freddie Bartholomew
  • John Barrymore
  • Joan Blondell
  • Edward G. Robinson
  • Clark Gable
  • W.C. Fields
  • Mae West
  • Johnny Weissmuller
  • Charles Chaplin
  • Charlie McCarthy
  • Dick Powell

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