Monday 6 May 2019

Is Your Husband a Worm?

Tex Avery was a great gag switcher. He had a little stockpile of gags and he’d make variations on them throughout his directing career at both Warner Bros. and MGM.

One was the explanatory title card. It was a parody of those disclaimer cards in movies that read something like “All characters in this photoplay are fictional. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.”

Here’s the one that opens The Early Bird Dood It!.

Rich Hogan is given the story credit on this cartoon. Daily Variety reported on June 24, 1942 that Hogan had joined the MGM staff. Either the trade paper was late with the news or Hogan was working on this on the side. This was Avery’s first cartoon in production at Metro, and he arrived at the studio in 1941.

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