Monday, 21 July 2014

Twiddle Blows Up

There are plot holes the size of Texas in Tex Avery’s last theatrical cartoon, “Sh-h-h-h-h-h” (released in 1955) but there are still some fun, familiar routines. Tex’s love of sign gags surfaces all over the place, as well as the obsessiveness over quiet (found in his MGM shorts “Deputy Droopy” and “Rock-a-bye Bear,” among others, and “The Legend of Rock-a-bye Point” at Lantz). But if the Hush-Hush Lodge Mr. Twiddle is staying at is so insistent on quiet, why didn’t the psychiatrist and nurse get evicted? And how didn’t they know he was there; they gave him the travel folders to go there.

Ah, well. Twiddle is told by the psychiatrist he’ll blow up. And that’s what happens at the end of the cartoon when he becomes infuriated with the noisy doctor and nurse in the next room.

After the blow up, the screen is filled with four different coloured cards (on twos) and then we see smoke where the little man stood.

Don Patterson, La Verne Harding and Ray Abrams are the credited animators.


  1. Yes there were plot holes in this one, yet the ending alone makes it work. Recall seeing this as a 5 year old and it never left me.

  2. Not to mention that this is unique in using the famous 1920s "Okeh Laughing Record"! SteveC