Now That Summer is Gone
|Now That Summer is Gone|
|Merrie Melodies series|
|Directed by||Frank Tashlin|
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger|
|Story by||Fred Neiman|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc
|Music by||Carl W. Stalling|
|Animation by||Robert McKimson
Robert Bentley (unc.)
Ken Harris (unc.)
Volney White (unc.)
|Backgrounds by||Art Loomer (unc.)|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||May 14, 1938|
|Running time||6:06 min|
Now That Summer is Gone is a 1938 Merrie Melodies cartoon short about a squirrel who gambles for winter nuts against the other squirrels without gathering them himself, despite his disgruntled father's "No Gambling" policy.
The cartoon begins with squirrels stockpiling for the forthcoming cold months as hard times will be ahead, as they sing "Now that Summer is Gone". However, a young, flashy-dressed squirrel decides to get nuts through a dice game without making the effort to hunt them. Disregarding his father's advice not to gamble, the young squirrel pays no attention and still insists on the "easy way" on getting his nuts for winter. Before the first snowfall, the young squirrel is told to get their winter supply of nuts from the First National Bank, and just before he leaves the front door, his father reminds him, "And remember: no gambling!" However, on his way home with the nuts, the young squirrel sees a stranger who offers him a game of chance, and the foolish young squirrel, who ignores his father's warning, quickly jumps at the chance. The foolish young squirrel loses every time at every chance game.
Devastated, the squirrel is entirely out of luck and now out of the entire supply of winter nuts. By the time the snow starts falling, the foolish squirrel heads back home without any nuts or any luck in telling his father the truth. So, as soon as he enters his home, he decides to make up a lie and tells his father that he has been robbed by bandits, jumped and badly attacked by them. However, his lying ends very quickly and he goes too far when he discovers that the stranger who won the nuts from him is none other than his own father, who did it to teach his gambling son a lesson for deliberately disobeying him. In spite of this, the lesson, however, does not work. When the disgruntled father concludes that he will give his son ten lashes, the young squirrel attempts to run out the door, but is caught by the tail by his enraged father. As the disgruntled father gets his lashing weapon (a plank) ready, his son tells him that "he'll flip him for it, double or nothing!" As the cartoon irises out and the "That's All Folks!" ending appears, the foolish squirrel is seen/heard getting lashes from his enraged father.
- LaserDisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Volume 5, Side 4 (USA dubbed print)
- DVD - Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2, Disc 2
- Now That Summer is Gone on Internet Movie Database
- Now That Summer is Gone at The Big Cartoon DataBase
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