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The Shell Shocked Egg
The Shell Shocked Egg
Directed By: Robert McKimson
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: July 10, 1948
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Warren Foster
Animation: Charles McKimson
Manny Gould
I. Ellis
John Carey
Layouts: Cornett Wood
Backgrounds: Richard H. Thomas
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Clem
Mama Turtle
Preceded By: The Up-Standing Sitter
Succeeded By: Haredevil Hare
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The Shell Shocked Egg

The Shell Shocked Egg is a 1948 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Robert McKimson.


A mother turtle, naming her four eggs Tom, Dick, Harry, and Clem, buries the eggs while she obtains a sunlamp to heat them into hatching since the clouds covered the sun. Clem hatches prematurely and only partially while his mother is away and before the sun got covered up. Unable to see in his search for a warm body to fully hatch him from his eggshell, Clem wanders into a barnyard and briefly cozies with a cow, which "golfs" him into a barn, and a male dog. The dog thinks he has laid an egg and envisions fame and fortune. He chases the partly-hatched Clem and comes into conflict with a rooster after taking Clem from a chicken, who believe Clem to be their offspring. Finally, Clem's mother and her three other boy turtles, who sing in perfect coordination, find Clem after stopping the two chasers. Clem is fully hatched by his mother, then complains about still being in a shell.


  • Like most Merrie Melodies reissued at the time, the original closing title was kept. However, the original closing is replaced in the 1995 dubbed version, which stole the 1947-48 closing rings, so technically the original closing still somewhat is intact in the dubbed version.
  • The turtles resemble Cecil.


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Merrie Melodies - The Shell Shocked Egg

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