Eatin' on the Cuff or The Moth Who Came to Dinner
Eatin on the Cuff-restored
Directed By: Robert Clampett
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: August 22, 1942
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Warren Foster
Animation: Virgil Ross
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Sara Berner (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Piano-Playing Narrator (played by Leo White)
Honey Bee
Black Widow Spider
Preceded By: The Squawkin' Hawk
Succeeded By: Fresh Hare
Eatin on the Cuff Or The Moth Who Came to Dinner - 1942 - Looney Tunes - (HD & CC)

Eatin on the Cuff Or The Moth Who Came to Dinner - 1942 - Looney Tunes - (HD & CC)

Eatin' on the Cuff or The Moth Who Came to Dinner is a 1942 Looney Tunes short directed by Bob Clampett.


The film begins and ends with a live-action piano player, his singing inexplicably voiced over by Mel Blanc and carried as narration throughout the cartoon, the moth character appears in both scenes, and in the final shot eats the guy's pants right off, sending him clumsily running off into the distance. Plotwise, a wiseguy moth is preparing for his wedding day ("Here comes the groom, straight as a broom, all purtied up with ten-cent perfume"!). He wakes up late, and after getting some breakfast at the bar (A few peoples' pant cuffs) he gets held up by a Black Widow spider, who seduces him with a cigarette lighter (moths are attracted to light, of course). A wacky chase ensues. His bride-to-be, a bee, thinks he's ditched her, and cries... until she realizes something might be wrong and comes to the rescue ("confidentially, she stings!") Also keep an eye out for another unique cartoon filming technique, the photographic backgrounds used for the moth's suit-pocket home and other key scenes.



  • This short combines live-action and animation.
  • Similar to You Ought to Be in Pictures, the animation unit did not have access to location sound recording equipment, so all of the live-action footage was shot silent, to which the voices had to be dubbed in later, which is why the voices were dubbed by Mel Blanc.
  • This short is now in the public domain as Sunset Productions failed to renew the copyright in time.
  • The working title of this cartoon was "The Moth and His Flame" and was later changed to "The Moth Meets His Flame."[1]



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