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Little Blabbermouse
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Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: July 6, 1940
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: J.B. Hardaway
Animation: Richard Bickenbach
Layouts: Owen Fitzgerald (uncredited)
Backgrounds:
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Thurl Ravenscroft (uncredited)
Bill Thompson (uncredited)
William Days (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Little Blabbermouse
W.C. Fields Mouse
Chew Tobacco
Order Book
Bad Tobacco Face
Vocalists
Preceded By: Porky's Baseball Broadcast
Succeeded By: The Egg Collector

Little Blabbermouse is a 1940 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng.

Plot

A mouse, imitating W.C. Fields, leads tours of a drugstore for other mice. We see a number of products living up to their names: vanishing cream, reducing pills, sleeping powders, smelling salts, cough medicine. On to the lunch counter: a giant malt (sign). More products: shaving brush, Krazy mineral water, a rubber band (and brushes dancing to it). A musical revue: the clocks all sing "Start the Day Right"; an order pad would "Love to Take Orders From You"; a ballet troupe wants to "Shake Your Powder Puff"; and so on. Greeting cards greet our tourists. The mousetraps are harmless but the cat next to them isn't, and thus ends the tour. An annoying little boy who's been chatting away the whole time finally gets a jar of alum in the face to shut him up.

Availability

Notes/Goofs

  • Little Blabbermouse would star the same year in another short called "Shop, Look and Listen", which was also directed by Friz Freleng.
  • The European Turner dubbed print replaces original 1938-1941 Merrie Melodies ending music cue with 1941-1955 ones. The American Turner dubbed print, however, does not have this edit.
  • The "rubber band" gag would be used again 57 years later in the Blue's Clues episode, "What Does Blue Want to Make Out of Recycled Things?".
  • The W.C. Fields mouse bears a close resemblance to Merlin the Magic Mouse (a Alex Lovy-created character) though it is very unlikely that they are the same character.