Now That Summer is Gone

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Now That Summer is Gone
Merrie Melodies series
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Story by Fred Neiman
Voices by Mel Blanc
Billy Bletcher
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
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:06 min
Language English

Now That Summer is Gone is a 1938 Merrie Melodies cartoon short about a lazy squirrel who gambles for winter nuts against the other squirrels instead of gathering them himself, despite his disgruntled father's "no gambling" policy.

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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 instead of making the effort to hunt them. Disregarding his father's advice not to gamble, the young squirrel 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 allowed!" 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 tells his father, "I'll flip you for it, double or nothing!" The episode ends with the foolish squirrel getting spanked by his enraged father.

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