Holiday for Shoestrings


Holiday shoestrings

Directed By: Friz Freleng
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: February 23, 1946
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Michael Maltese
Animation: Gerry Chiniquy
Manuel Perez
Virgil Ross
Ken Champin
Layouts: Hawley Pratt
Paul Julian
Backgrounds: Hawley Pratt
Paul Julian
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By:
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Shoemaker Jake
Preceded By: Baseball Bugs
Succeeded By: Quentin Quail

Holiday for Shoestrings is a 1946 Merrie Melodies cartoon short directed by Friz Freleng.


The plot concerns a pack of elves who help a shoemaker, Jake, who has advertised for help. The cartoon is done largely in pantomime, with the occasional (unintelligible) bickering of elves.

The twist on the usual story is that the bedridden shoemaker, suddenly feeling much better upon seeing the elves working feverishly, tries to sneak out to play golf. The elves drag Jake back to bed, tie him down ala Gulliver, and are seen dragging the golf clubs out of the house for themselves to play a round with.



After one of the elves fell into a bucket of water, the other two elves look like snakecharmers, and one of the two is playing the flute to tie the boot's shoelace neatly. When it aired on Cartoon Network USA, this scene was cut out for reasons unknown, presumably for time reasons or due to the channel not wanting kids to attempt snakecharming. Non-USA Cartoon Network airings however left this scene uncut.[1]


  • Many of the elves look like miniature versions of Elmer Fudd with elf-like ears (anticipating a similar role played by Elmer 10 years later). According to the Toonheads episode "Night Of 1000 Elves", the reason why the elves resemble Elmer Fudd is because director Friz Freleng disliked the character and therefore did such to make fun of the Elmer Fudd character.[2]



  2. Toonheads "Night of 1000 Elves"

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