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


A live-action piano player (voice dubbed by Mel Blanc) sings and narrates. 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.

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 is held up by a Black Widow spider, who seduces him with a cigarette lighter. 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!"





  • This short combines live-action and animation.
  • The Black Widow references the "Look, a man!" catchphrase of Cobina from The Pepsodent Show starring Bob Hope.
  • 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.
    • Also similar to "You Ought to Be in Pictures" is that this animated/live-action hybrid cartoon is also produced in black-and-white.
  • This short lapsed into the public domain in 1970 since Warner Bros.-Seven Arts neglected to renew the copyright in time.
  • This is the last black-and-white Looney Tunes short that Bob Clampett directed. Clampett would be promoted to Tex Avery's unit after Avery left and his old unit would be taken over by Norman McCabe and later Frank Tashlin.
  • The working title of this cartoon was "The Moth and His Flame" and was later changed to "The Moth Meets His Flame."[3]