The Legend of Rockabye Point
|The Legend of Rockabye Point|
|Chilly Willy series|
|Directed by||Tex Avery|
|Produced by||Walter Lantz|
|Story by||Michael Maltese|
|Music by||Clarence Wheeler|
|Animation by||Ray Abrams
|Layouts by||Raymond Jacobs|
|Studio||Walter Lantz Productions|
|Release date(s)||April 11, 1955|
|Running time||6 minutes|
The Legend of Rockabye Point is a 1955 Chilly Willy cartoon directed by Tex Avery and produced by Walter Lantz. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Short Film, but lost to Speedy Gonzales.
An old sailor tells the legend of a starving polar bear (Maxie) and a penguin (Chilly willy) who attempted to steal food but kept running into a vicious guard dog. To placate the beast, the bear sings "Rock-A-Bye Baby" to him to make him nod off, which served as running gag.
While gathering the fish, Chilly drops a thousand-pound anvil on the polar bear's head. He, however, holds in his scream, runs over to a nearby desk and writes down on a peace of paper, "Ouch!" and then he makes a mad face and writes down new words. As the bear puts down the anvil, he accidentally drops it on the dog and sings to him again. Then Chilly puts a clarinet in the dog's mouth and he makes the polar bear play "Rock-A-Bye Baby".
Then Chilly puts new notes in front of the bear and made him play "Circus March", while the dog wakes quickly at the slightest noise. The dog is cranky, but the bear lulls him to sleep by playing "Rock-A-Bye Baby" on the clarinet. The dog eventually chases the polar bear up a tall iceberg. At the end of the picture, the sailor says if you listen carefully, you can to this day still hear the lullaby at night. Indeed, at the peak, the pair stand—both very old and grey now—with the bear holding the dog tenderly and singing "Rock-A-Bye Baby".
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