Meany, Miny, and Moe

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Meany, Miny, and Moe
Meany, Miny, and Moe
Meany, Miny, and Moe
(art by Walter Lantz Studios).
Character information
first app.: "Monkey Wretches" (1935)
last app.: "The Air Express" (1937)
created by: Walter Lantz Studios

Meany, Miny, and Moe are Walter Lantz characters, who made their first appearance in the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon "Monkey Wretches" (1935). Their final animated appearance was in 1937 in "The Air Express".

Personalities and development[edit]

According to their theme song, the trio are "just three monkeys from the sticks / just a bunch of jungle hicks / but they know a lot of tricks." At first portrayed as unclothed identical triplets in the Oswald cartoons, the monkeys began wearing clothes and behaving individually when they graduated to their own series. Meany is a wannabe tough guy, often bullying his shyer, clumsier brothers. In animation, the trio rarely speak coherent English, instead rapidly gibbering in an imitation of real-life monkeys.[1]

While usually depicted as monkeys with tails, the three brothers are occasionally drawn tailless, making them look more like chimpanzees.

List of appearances[edit]

  • "Monkey Wretches" (11/11/1935)[2][3]
    - 1st in Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • "Beauty Shoppe" (03/30/1936)[4][5]
    - 2nd in Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • "Farming Fools" (05/25?/1936)[6][7]
    - 3rd in Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • "The Battle Royal" (06/22/1936)[8][9]
    - 4th and final in Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • "Turkey Dinner" (11/30/1936)[10][11]
    - 1st solo cartoon
  • "Knights For A Day" (12/25/1936)[12][13]
  • "The Golfers" (01/11/1937)[14][15]
  • "House Of Magic" (02/08/1937)[16][17]
  • "The Big Race" (03/08?/1937)[18][19]
  • "The Lumber Camp" (03/15/1937)[20][21]
  • "The Steel Workers" (04/26/1937)[22][23]
  • "The Stevedores" (05/24/1937)[24][25]
  • "The Country Store" (07/05/1937)[26][27]
  • "Firemen's Picnic" (08/16/1937)[28][29]
  • "The Rest Resort" (08/23/1937)[30][31]
  • "Ostrich Feathers" (09/06/1937)[32][33]
  • "The Air Express" (09/20/1937)[34][35]

Comics appearances[edit]

In the later Lantz comic books Woody Woodpecker Back to School 1 and 2 (1952, 1953), the three monkeys starred in comic stories of their own. The spelling of their names changed to Meeny, Miney and (sometimes) Mo. In the comics, the trio spoke English in a style roughly mimicking the Three Stooges. While Meeny's name no longer exactly matched the word "meany," he was still portrayed as a wannabe tough guy.[36]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meany, Miny and Moe, Three LIttle Monks, Soon to Make Bow on Screen". The Milwaukee Sentinel. October 12, 1936. p. 19. 
  2. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1935.html
  3. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2589-Monkey_Wretches.html
  4. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1936.html
  5. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2543-Beauty_Shoppe.html
  6. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1936.html
  7. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2529-Farming_Fools.html
  8. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1936.html
  9. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2526-Battle_Royal.html
  10. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1936.html
  11. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/5179-Turkey_Dinner.html
  12. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1936.html
  13. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2825-Knights_For_A_Day.html
  14. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1937.html
  15. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2461-Golfers.html
  16. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1937.html
  17. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2854-House_Of_Magic.html
  18. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1937.html
  19. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2487-Big_Race.html
  20. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1937.html
  21. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2809-Lumber_Camp.html
  22. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1937.html
  23. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2510-Steel_Workers.html
  24. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1937.html
  25. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/5150-Stevedores.html
  26. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1937.html
  27. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2619-Country_Store.html
  28. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1937.html
  29. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2924-Firemans_Picnic.html
  30. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1937.html
  31. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2579-Rest_Resort.html
  32. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1937.html
  33. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2763-Ostrich_Feathers.html
  34. ^ http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1937.html
  35. ^ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/2717-Air_Express.html
  36. ^ Harvey Eisenberg (artist). "Meeny, Miney and Moe" (untitled story: boxing match), Woody Woodpecker Back to School 2 (Dell Publishing, 1953).

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