Plenty of Money and You
Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: July 31, 1937
Series: Merrie Melodies
Animation: Cal Dalton
Phil Monroe
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Dave Weber
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Ostrich
Preceded By: Porky's Badtime Story
Succeeded By: Porky's Railroad
Merrie Melodies - Plenty of Money and You

Merrie Melodies - Plenty of Money and You

Plenty of Money and You is a 1937 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng.


All of a hen's eggs hatch, but one of them turns out to be an ostrich. She however keeps it as one of her own. The ostrich has a knack for getting into trouble. He shows this by getting stuck after eating a goldfish, then falling into an basement where he swallows a car jack whole, then having a run-in involving a worm and a lawn sprinkler, and last but not least being captured by a weasel. The weasel is singing while he prepares to cook the ostrich. The ostrich in the mean time swallows a hanging light bulb and a box of fireworks, and those are lit after he's put in the oven. The weasel, irritated at this point, decides to let the ostrich go. At the end the ostrich puts on a fireworks show.


  • DVD - Gold Diggers of 1937 (1995 Turner dubbed version, added as a bonus)


  • The Censored Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies guide states that a scene was cut from the original release after the mother hen hugs the baby ostrich, the baby bird shoots fireworks out of its mouth, creating an "Eat at Sloppy Joe's" sign. After this, the film abruptly cuts to the baby ostrich on the ground, but the way the ostrich is animated suggests that it was falling. [1][2] However, this is not true because the Associated Artists Productions transfer leaves this scene intact.


  • The ostrich appears again in a cameo in "The Lyin' Mouse". It also has a role in "Mother Was a Rooster".
  • "Plenty of Money and You" is notable as the first cartoon to end with the "Merrily We Roll Along" theme which would continue until 1964 because the Merrie Melodies used the Looney Tunes theme until 1969 when the WB studio closed. This unique rendition would only present in this cartoon. Starting with "I Wanna Be a Sailor", a new ending cue was developed, but this time the new ending cue lasted for the whole animation season (approximately one year).
  • The American dubbed version keeps the unique ending cue, while the European dubbed version uses the 1938-41 ending cue.[citation needed|date=]