The Night Watchman

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The Night Watchman
Merrie Melodies series
Directed by Chuck Jones
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Story by Tedd Pierce
Voices by Mel Blanc
Bernice Hansen
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Ken Harris
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) November 19, 1938
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 min
Language English

The Night Watchman is a Merrie Melodies cartoon released to theaters on November 19, 1938. This short was the very first film directed by a then-credited Chuck Jones after he was promoted from an animator (where he was under Fred Avery and Robert Clampett's units).

For the so-called "dubbed version" created by Turner, recreated Blue Ribbon title cards were made for this cartoon and Daffy Duck and Egghead (see this page for more details). For the 2006 DVD release, the original title cards were found for this cartoon.

Plot[edit]

The watchman gets sick, so his son is enlisted to watch the kitchen. When the gangland-style mice find out that he's the one on duty, they try to take over.

Censorship[edit]

  • When the cartoon aired on The WB, the scene of Tommy Cat fighting back against the hoodlum mice was shortened for violence.

Availability[edit]

The Night Watchman is available on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 4 Disc 4.

Voice cast[edit]

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