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Crows' Feat is a 1962 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt.

Plot

Two Mexican crows, Jose and Manuel, are flying to Guadalajara. To get there faster, they catch a ride on the wings of an airplane. They spot a cornfield on the ground below and dive into it. As they land, they run into the cornfield only to find a scarecrow that resembles Elmer Fudd. When it doesn't chase them, Jose thinks the scarecrow is scared of them, and sends Manuel to check. Manuel hits the scarecrow and knocks the stuffing out of it. Eventually, they both encounter the real Elmer Fudd and think the scarecrow is back and attempt to beat the stuffings out of it again. However, Elmer just easily shoots at the crows with his rifle, and they run off.

Jose and Manuel hide in corn shocks, but Elmer hides in one too and shoots the one Jose is in. Realizing that the cornfield is unguarded again, the crows return to steal corn from there. While they sing, Elmer can hear them and replaces one ear of corn with a hand grenade. Manuel finds the grenade and confuses it for a funny-looking ear corn. Jose tells Manuel to pull the stem out, and he does. Manuel realizes the grenade is ticking and makes Jose hear it, only to explode and completely defeather Jose. The crows give up and decide to find a quicker way to Guadalajara. They confuse the Explorer 7 rocket for another airplane and sing atop it as the countdown for takeoff ticks down.

Availability

Censorship

  • Cartoon Network and Boomerang Latin America cut the entire scene where Elmer tricks Jose and Manuel into taking a grenade which the two crows mistake it for corn, along with the grenade exploding right onto Jose's face, due to the drug references in the song "La Cucaracha" which the two crows are singing when stealing the corn from the start of this scene[1] before pulling this short entirely.

Notes

  • This short features the final appearance of Elmer Fudd from the Golden Age of American Animation.
  • Elmer Fudd has no dialogue at all in this cartoon.
  • Bugs Bunny is mentioned by both Jose and Manuel when the two crows first encounter the Elmer Fudd scarecrow. They even mention references to the classic Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd cartoons of the 40s and 50s, such as Elmer chasing and hunting Bugs, and at one point Manuel imitates Bugs' catchphrase "What's up, Doc?"
  • This cartoon is notable in pairing the dimwit characters Elmer Fudd and Jose and Manuel in the same cartoon. Here a comparison is made between the three characters, proving both Jose and Manuel to be a lot dumber than Elmer, considering how many times Elmer successfully outwits both crows in this cartoon.
  • This was the final cartoon released before Milt Franklyn's death with music scored by him, and it was released three days prior. The next six shorts, "Mexican Boarders", "Bill of Hare", "Zoom at the Top", "The Slick Chick", "Louvre Come Back to Me!", and "Honey's Money", despite being released after his passing, had music fully scored by him, meaning they were released before his death. A seventh and final short, "Mother Was a Rooster", was released after "The Jet Cage" (which had music also partially scored by William Lava), but had music scored by Franklyn, meaning all eight shorts were scored by him before he began work on "The Jet Cage".

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References


Elmer Fudd Cartoons
1940 Elmer's Candid CameraConfederate HoneyThe Hardship of Miles StandishA Wild HareGood Night Elmer
1941 Elmer's Pet RabbitWabbit Twouble
1942 The Wabbit Who Came to SupperAny Bonds Today?The Wacky WabbitNutty NewsFresh HareThe Hare-Brained Hypnotist
1943 To Duck .... or Not to DuckA Corny ConcertoAn Itch in Time
1944 The Old Grey HareThe Stupid CupidStage Door Cartoon
1945 The Unruly HareHare Tonic
1946 Hare RemoverThe Big Snooze
1947 Easter YeggsA Pest in the HouseSlick Hare
1948 What Makes Daffy DuckBack Alley Op-RoarKit for Cat
1949 Wise QuackersHare DoEach Dawn I Crow
1950 What's Up Doc?The Scarlet PumpernickelRabbit of Seville
1951 Rabbit Fire
1952 Rabbit Seasoning
1953 Upswept HareAnt PastedDuck! Rabbit, Duck!Robot Rabbit
1954 Design for LeavingQuack Shot
1955 Pests for GuestsBeanstalk BunnyHare BrushRabbit RampageThis Is a Life?Heir-Conditioned
1956 Bugs' BonnetsA Star Is BoredYankee Dood ItWideo Wabbit
1957 What's Opera, Doc?Rabbit Romeo
1958 Don't Axe MePre-Hysterical Hare
1959 A Mutt in a Rut
1960 Person to BunnyDog Gone People
1961 What's My Lion?
1962 Crows' Feat
1980 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Bunny
1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 (Blooper) Bunny
1992 Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers
2012 Daffy's Rhapsody
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