Greetings Bait
Greetings Bait
Directed By: Friz Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: May 15, 1943
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Manuel Perez
Layouts: Owen Fitzgerald
Backgrounds: Lenard Kester
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Wacky Worm
Jerry Colonna
Preceded By: Tokio Jokio
Succeeded By: Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk
Greetings Bait

Greetings Bait

Greetings Bait is a 1943 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng.


A split-screen view of a crab's view of the underwater world show how his independently moving eyes (on eye stalks) see the world completely differently from each other. Meanwhile, a Jerry Colona-esque worm (previously seen in "The Wacky Worm") works as live bait to catch fish in the lake for a Jerry Colona-esque fisherman. Although it is successful in catching fish (achieved via various ruses, such as tempting the fish to eat the worm with a worm sandwich, acrobatic stunt tricks, and disguising himself as a sexy mermaid singing "Trade Winds"), the worm struggles in trying to "reduce the crab to crabmeat", even when the crab is without its shell. The wacky worm, fished out of the water, badly injured, says, "I could be wrong, you know," and the Jerry Colona-esque fisherman replies "AHH yess! Embarassing, isn't it?"


  • (1992) LaserDisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Volume 3, Side 7
  • DVD - Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection, Vol. 2 (1995 Turner Dubbed Version)
  • DVD - Action in the North Atlantic (1995 Turner Dubbed Version)


  • Nominated for an Academy Award.[1]
  • The worm from "The Wacky Worm" returns in this short.
  • The cartoon was re-released to theaters under the Blue Ribbon program on August 28, 1948. As a result, the original credits and title card were scrapped off.
  • According to Cartoon Research, the original titles had the song "Keep Cool Fool" playing over them.[2]



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