You're an Education
You're An Education!
Directed By: Frank Tashlin
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: November 5, 1938
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Dave Monahan
Animation: A.C. Gamer
Robert McKimson
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Billy Bletcher
Dave Weber
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Travel Brochures
Flying Fish
Hungary Boys
Cook Island
Thief of Bagdad
Pawnee Indians
Central America
Scotland Yard
Dude Ranch Hand
Lone Stranger
Lone Stranger's Horse
Sherlock Holmes
Singing Tibetan
Preceded By: Porky in Egypt
Succeeded By: The Night Watchman

You're an Education is a 1938 Merrie Melodies short directed by Frank Tashlin.


The brochures in a travel agency spring to life in this "it's-midnight-and-everything-comes-to-life" cartoon.



  • This was Frank Tashlin's last short with Warner Bros. for five years; he left the studio to become a gag writer with Disney, then moved to Screen Gems to direct. He would return in 1942.
  • According to the book Frank Tashlin by Roger Garcia, "several shots (including a caricature of Hugh Herbert) totaling 67 feet (approx. 45 seconds) were removed for this film's 'Blue Ribbon Special' reissue in 1946." The bulk of these cuts appear to take place primarily towards the beginning of the short, specifically during the montage sequence featuring brochures of various world destinations accompanied by a song germane to that place. Some of the brochures are bridged with dissolves, others with fade-outs. Some of the fade-outs, however, appear to allude to obvious edits. Later in the short, another apparent edit occurs. This takes place during the "Yuba Plays the Tuba" sequence in which a shot of a Native American fish (representing the "Indian" Ocean) abruptly fades to black and quickly fades into Lawrence Tibbett in Tibet. [citation needed|date=]

  • This is the third and final entry in Tashlin's Books-Come-to-Life trilogy released in 1937-1938.
  • This was the first short to use the newer Merrie Melodies outro until April 1941.
  • This is the only entry in Tashlin's book trilogy to never air on modern television, thanks to the large amount of stereotyping of various races and nations (though it did air on an episode of ToonHeads called Midnight at the Bookstore, centered on cartoons where things come to life in a bookstore. However, in reruns, it was replaced with a redrawn colorized version of "I Like Mountain Music").


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