Jerky Turkey

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Jerky Turkey
Directed byTex Avery
Produced byFred Quimby (uncredited)
Story byHeck Allen
StarringHarry E. Lang (uncredited)
Tex Avery (uncredited)
Music byScott Bradley
Animation byPreston Blair
Ed Love
Ray Abrams
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
April 7, 1945
Running time
7 minutes

Jerky Turkey is a 1945 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon directed by Tex Avery.


In 1620​78, Pilgrims, riding a caricatured Mayflower with a number of World War II-era anachronisms (such as a navy gunnery deck, a Henry J. Kaiser nameplate and a fuel rationing card) land at Plymouth Rock and establish a colony, where they quickly separate into "Ye Democrats" and "Ye Republicans." The Pilgrims all stand in line for cigarettes (some are caricatures of Avery's animation crew), while the town crier bemoans that he has been made eligible for the draft {"1-A"}.

A pear-shaped Pilgrim, who speaks with the milquetoast mannerisms of Bill Thompson (who was unavailable and had to be impersonated because of his being inducted into war service), emerges from his dilapidated teardrop trailer home and goes hunting for a turkey for a Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey emerges from the "House of Seven Gobbles" (a literal black market in disguise) and, seeing an easy mark and speaking in an impersonation of Jimmy Durante, offers himself to the pilgrim, only to use this as the start of a series of rapid-fire gags that stretch the limits of even cartoon physics, with the turkey consistently getting the best of his increasingly befuddled and frustrated opponent. Eventually the two make up and decide to "eat at Joe's," following the advice of a clapboard-wearing bear advertising his steakhouse that appears throughout the film. When they reach Joe's steakhouse, the door closes, loud crashes and thuds are heard, and Joe the bear is seen coming out of the restaurant without his sandwich board; on his back is a tattoo which reads "I'm Joe". The bear is grinning and picking his teeth, as the swallowed-whole turkey and pilgrim sulk in the bear's stomach. The pilgrim closes the cartoon holding up a sign of his own: "DON'T eat at Joe's."



  1. ^ Daws Butler Characters Actor, Joe Bevilacqua and Ben Ohmart, Bear Manor Media.
  2. ^ The Animated Film Encyclopedia, Graham Webb, McFarland Publishers, 2000.

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