Freddy the Freshman

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Freddy the Freshman
Merrie Melodies series
Directed by Rudolph Ising
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Hugh Harman
Rudolph Ising
Music by Frank Marsales
Animation by Isadore Freleng
Paul Smith
Studio Harman-Ising Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) February 20, 1932 (USA)
Color process Black and white
Running time 7 min
Language English

Freddy the Freshman is a 1932 animated short film, directed by Rudolph Ising for Harman-Ising Pictures as part of Warner Bros.' Merrie Melodies series.

Synopsis[edit]

Freddy the Freshman, "the freshest kid in town" and a canine "big man on campus", crashes a college pep rally, and then proceeds to become the star of the big campus football game.

Background[edit]

The cartoon is built around "Freddy The Freshman, The Freshest Kid in Town", a song written by Cliff Friend and Dave Oppenheim and part of the Warner Bros. publishing library. Following its use in this cartoon, "Freddy The Freshman, The Freshest Kid in Town" would turn up as an incidental score cue (usually relating to football in some way) in many later Warner Bros. cartoons. In "Raw! Raw! Rooster!", the song is sung by the character of Rhode Island Red, rival and nemesis to Foghorn Leghorn. The Freddy the Freshman cartoon short is today in the public domain.

Edited versions[edit]

When this cartoon aired in the late 1990s on Cartoon Network's show Late Night Black and White (an installment show featuring black and white shorts from Warner Bros. and Fleischer Studios), the brief shot of the cheerleaders (three stereotypically Jewish birds - with beak noses and pennants written in Hebrew - and a rooster in a tuxedo who acts stereotypically homosexual) during the game was cut.

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