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>Walt Disney Studios
  • Walt Disney Studios
  • Animated Characters: Mother Goose, Katharine Hepburn/Little Bo Peep, Ned Sparks/The Jester, Hugh Herbert/Old King Cole; Harpo, Chico, Groucho Marx as the Fiddlers Three, W.C. Fields/Humpty Dumpty, Charlie McCarthy; Charles Laughton, Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew as The Three Men in a Tub, Stan Laurel/Simple Simon, Oliver Hardy/The Pieman, Edward G. Robinson, Greta Garbo/See Saw Margery Daw, Clark Gable, Fats Waller, Fred Astaire, George Arliss, Joe Penner, Joe E. Brown, Martha Raye, Stepin Fetchit, Rudy Vallee, Eddie Cantor/Little Jack Horner, Wallace Beery/Little Boy Blue; Cab Calloway and his Band as the Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Edna May Oliver, Mae West, ZaSu Pitts.
  • Awards: Academy Award Nominee, Best Short Subject (Cartoon), 1939.
  • Originally Released in 1938.
  • Production Number: RS-6
  • Running Time: 6:49 minutes.
  • TechniColor
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.


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Production Notes:


Parodying MGM's slogan "Ars Gratia Artis" ("Art for Arts Sake"), the Mother Goose logo has the Pig Latin phrase "ERTZNAY TO OUYAY" ("Nertz to You!" or "Nuts to You!").

In the Old King Cole sequence, Joe Penner gives the king Donald Duck. This is a reference to Penner's catchphrase "Wanna buy a duck?"

The Three Men in a Tub are Charles Laughton in his role of Captain Bligh from Mutiny on the Bounty, Spencer Tracy in his role of Manuel from Captains Courageous, and Freddie Bartholomew in his title role from Little Lord Fauntleroy.

W.C. Fields portrays Humpty Dumpty, which he had done in the 1933 movie Alice in Wonderland. He's bothered by Charlie McCarthy; the two were regular opponents on Edgar Bergen's radio show.

Greta Garbo says "I want so much to be alone," a variation of a line often attributed to her.

Edna May Oliver, Mae West and ZaSu Pitts appear as a singing trio in the musical finale. Some sources identify the center character as Joan Blondell, not West.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.


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