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|Merrie Melodies (Yosemite Sam) series|
|Directed by||Friz Freleng|
|Story by||John W. Dunn|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc (Yosemite Sam)
June Foray (the Mother)
Billy Booth (Wentworth)
|Music by||Milt Franklyn|
|Animation by||Gerry Chiniquy
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||September 1, 1962 (USA premiere)|
|Running time||6 min (one reel)|
Honey's Money is a 1962 Merrie Melodies animated short featuring Yosemite Sam. Honey's Money is a remake of the 1950s shorts "His Bitter Half" and "Hare Trimmed." In The Bitter Half short, Daffy marries a woman duck for her money, but is thrown for a loop when his wife (who in Honey's Money is merely known as "the wealthy widow") immediately becomes a nag and forces him to do housework and spend quality time with a son she didn't previously reveal. The same basic situation appears in Honey's Money, with Yosemite Sam in Daffy's place, a different design for the son, Wentworth, and some different gags. Additionally, the personalities of the two Wentworths—the innocent, dim-witted hulk of a child in "Honey's Money," vs. the brat featured in "His Bitter Half"—are different, which results in different executions of the same cartoon. In addition some of the features from "Hare Trimmed" are added but without Bugs Bunny.
Sam learns that a local widow has inherited $5 million and plans to marry her, after which he plans to buy the old ladies' home and kick the old ladies out, close the orphanage and get rid of the police department (just like he tried to do in Hare Trimmed). Sam finds out that the woman is an ugly hag and tries to run, but when the woman says she now has someone to help spend her money, he agrees to marry her. Sam is quickly turned into a maid, forced to do backbreaking house chores while the wife sits idly by, watching his every move.
It is at this point where the woman calls her enormous, yet still childlike son, Wentworth, to meet his new daddy. Sam objects when he is asked to play horsie with his new stepson, but agrees when he is shown her bank book. During the horsie ride, Sam gets squashed by the enormous child riding on his back. Sam and his wife get into a huge shouting match a short time later when she asks him to take Wentworth to the park, leading Wentworth to make the innocent (yet obvious) observation, "My mommy and daddy are fighting." This back-and-forth of "Yes you are!", and "No I'm not!" becomes a recurring theme with every decision they try to make to see who's the stronger willed person - it ends up being the mother, and Sam relents in every case. At the park, Sam decides that in order to keep all the money for himself, he has to get rid of Wentworth. He first tries to throw a ball into the street but his wife catches on to what he's up to and makes him retrieve it, causing Sam to get run over (his wife is never seen again after that). When he later takes Wentworth swimming, Sam hires a passing truck from alligator farm loaded with alligators and herds all of the alligators into the pool while Wentworth is changing, but when Wentworth exclaims, "Here I come!", when he jumps into the pool he makes such a huge splash that all of the alligators land back in the truck on top of Sam. A lot of splashing, growling, and jaw-snapping is heard as he tries to beat them off with a club.
In the closing scene, Sam has packed his bags, and is leaving the house muttering, "It's just money. Is it worth it? What's a million bucks?" He then realizes his life of torture is worth all that money and goes running back to the old woman's home.
- The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money), c. 1933, lyrics Al Dubin, music by Harry Warren
- Ain't We Got Fun, 1921, Richard A. Whiting
- The cartoon is unique in that, with the exception of 1947's Along Came Daffy, it is the only time in the original theatrical cartoons that Sam isn't paired with long-time rival Bugs Bunny. This is Sam's first cartoon that only he stars in.
- The same premise would be used again in a 1970 Roland and Rattfink short: "A Taste of Money".
- Milt Franklyn provided the music for the short, though he was deceased since April 1962. This means the short was completed before his death. This would be the case with two more shorts in late 1962, before replacement composer Bill Lava's name finally started appearing in the opening credits in November with Good Noose.