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The Crackpot Quail
Crackpot quail
Directed By: Fred Avery
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: February 15, 1941
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Rich Hogan
Animation: Robert McKimson
Layouts:
Backgrounds: John Didrik Johnsen
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Tex Avery
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Willoughby
Quail
Preceded By: The Haunted Mouse
Succeeded By: The Cat's Tale

The Crackpot Quail is a 1941 Merrie Melodies short.

Plot

Looking at a sleek pointer dog on a billboard, goofy Willoughby the Dog dreams of being a great hunting dog. He goes off to hunt quail, but crashes into a tree, which he points out to us ("A tree!"). Hearing somebody whistle at him, he sees little Quentin Quail, who is trying to keep his topknot up out of his face. When the dumb dog finds out that he is a quail, they take off on a chase all over the forest, but the dog keeps running into trees, and pointing them out in a "running" gag. They chase underwater, where the dog sees fish go by, one of which is the quail. They chase back out, the quail using his topknot as a windshield wiper, and the dog corners him. But he gets the dog to "fetch the stick, boy!" Eventually, Willoughby realizes that the quail has left. The dog runs furiously after Quentin Quail, smashing bushes, trees and a log cabin, all of which fall on him. He says, "Lots of trees!"

Notes

  • When this cartoon was originally released in theaters, the quail would constantly make a razzing noise in order to keep his top knot from falling down over his eyes. However, around the time the short was sold to AAP, the razzing noise is replaced by a whistle for reasons unknown. The "whistle" version is the version that airs frequently on TV (including the 1995 Turner dubbed version which airs on Cartoon Network and Boomerang) and on The Golden Age of Looney Tunes laserdisc release. Since this cartoon has not yet been restored for DVD/Blu-Ray, the cartoon currently only exists as the "whistle" version.

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