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Fair and Worm-er
Fair worm
Directed By: Chuck Jones
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: September 28, 1946
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Michael Maltese
Tedd Pierce
Animation: Basil Davidovich
Ben Washam
Ken Harris
Lloyd Vaughan
Layouts: Richard Morley
Peter Brown
Backgrounds: Richard Morley
Peter Brown
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Sara Berner (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Worm
Crow
Cat
Dog
Dogcatcher
Dogcatcher's Wife
Mouse
Skunk
Narrator
Preceded By: Racketeer Rabbit
Succeeded By: The Big Snooze
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FAIR AND WORMER

Fair and Worm-er is a 1946 cartoon short. The cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones and featured what might be a brief cameo by Pepe Le Pew. The cartoon is considered one of Warner Brothers' greatest chase sequence shorts, done largely in silent slapstick. Only a few of the characters actually speak. Some have "title cards" appearing above their heads to represent their thought patterns. This cartoon is considered one of the possible inspirations for the Road Runner vs. Coyote series of shorts produced in the 1950s and beyond.

Plot

A small worm is attempting to dine on a large delicious apple, when he is attacked by a hungry black crow. The crow pursues the worm until he is suddenly attacked by a hungry cat. The cat chases the crow, only to be attacked by a vicious bulldog. The bulldog harasses the cat until he is suddenly set upon by the local dog catcher. The cartoon follows a rigorous chase between all the protagonists, with each generation of characters helping some while hindering others. (For example, the crow reasons: Dogs chase cats... Cats chase birds... I'm a bird... Therefore, I gotta help the dog...) Intermixed in the action are also the dog catcher's wife (armed with a rolling pin) who professes the she is afraid of neither man nor beast, and a tiny mouse (who informs her that HE is a beast - sending her in to a screaming fit). Also, there is a brief cameo by a skunk who may or may not be Pepe Le Pew.

At the conclusion of the cartoon, an unseen narrator asks the worm if he must go through this routine every day just to get something to eat. It is then that we are informed that the worm does not wish to eat the apple, but rather move into it, as it is the last furnished apartment in town. Iris out...

Trivia

  • The mouse in this cartoon closely resembles Chuck Jones' creation Hubie and Bertie.
  • The cartoon's concept is somewhat similar to that of The Early Bird Dood It (1942) by director Tex Avery at rival studio MGM.
  • The dogcatcher's line when he sees his wife chased by a mouse "Everybody wants to get into the act" is a catchphrase of Jimmy Durante.
  • This is one of the few a.a.p. CN airings (without the a.a.p. opening card) after 1995, although a Turner "dubbed version" print does exist.
    • The "dubbed version" print, unlike the a.a.p. version seen on LaserDisc and TV airings, contain split cuts which are very obvious to even the most naive viewers, particularly in the scene when the dogcatcher's wife tells the audience that she is not afraid of man or beast. This is probably due to the deteriorating 16mm film elements used to make the dubbed version print, as Turner Entertainment had no access to the cartoon's original negatives stored at the WB vaults at the time.

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