Foney Fables
Foney Fables
Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: August 1, 1942
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Michael Maltese
Animation: Richard Bickenbach
Layouts: Owen Fitzgerald
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Sara Berner
Frank Graham
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Narrator
Tom Thumb
Boy Who Cried Wolf
Preceded By: Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
Succeeded By: The Ducktators

Foney Fables is a 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng. It is now in the public domain.


Various narrated gags about famous fairy tales, including "Sleeping Beauty," "Tom Thumb," "The Ant and the Grasshopper," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Old Mother Hubbard," "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing," "Cinderella" and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." Spoofs include a grasshopper who buys war bonds, a fifth-columnist wolf in sheep's clothing, a goose who lays aluminum eggs for war production, and a Mother Hubbard who hoards. Tom Thumb becomes five feet tall with the aid of Vitamin B-1, while the goose who laid golden eggs switches to aluminum for the duration of the war. There's a running gag about the boy who cried wolf.


A collection of brief vignettes. Within the Book of Fairy Tales, we find much-loved stories like these: Sleeping Beauty (chewed out by Prince Charming for sleeping in), Tom Thumb, the Grasshopper and the Ant (the grasshopper can afford to be lazy because he has war bonds), the Boy Who Cried Wolf, Jack and the Beanstalk, the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing ("the fifth columnist of his day"), Aladdin and His Lamp, the Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs (only they're aluminum for the war effort), Old Mother Hubbard (but her cupboard isn't bare; she's a "food hoarder"!), and This Little Piggy. The Boy Who Cried Wolf gets his comeuppance, canceling the Story of Cinderella.

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