Greetings Bait
Greetings Bait
Directed By: Friz Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: May 15, 1943
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Manuel Perez
Layouts: Owen Fitzgerald
Backgrounds: Lenard Kester
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Wacky Worm
Jerry Colonna
Preceded By: Tokio Jokio
Succeeded By: Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk
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USA Dubbed 1995 Version

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Greetings Bait (1943)(Logo-Free and Non-Dubbed Ending)

with original Blue Ribbon ending card


Greetings Bait is a 1943 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng.


It features a split-screen view of a crab's view of the underwater world in which his independently moving eyes (on eye stalks) see the world completely differently from each other. Meanwhile, a Jerry Colona-esque worm (previously seen in "The Wacky Worm") works as live bait to catch fish in the lake for a Jerry Colona-esque fisherman. Although it is successful in catching fish (achieved via various ruses, such as tempting the fish to eat the worm with a worm sandwich, acrobatic stunt tricks, and disguising himself as a sexy mermaid singing "Trade Winds"), the worm struggles in trying to "reduce the crab to crabmeat", even when the crab is without its shell. The cartoon ends with the wacky worm, fished out of the water, badly injured, saying to the audience "I could be wrong, you know", along with the Jerry Colona-esque fisherman replying "AHH yess! Embarassing, isn't it?". Iris-out.


  • Nominated for an Academy Award.[1]


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