The Legend of Rockabye Point

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The Legend of Rockabye Point
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Directed byTex Avery
Produced byWalter Lantz
Story byMichael Maltese
Music byClarence Wheeler
Animation byRay Abrams
Laverne Harding
Don Patterson
Layouts byRaymond Jacobs
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byUniversal-International
Release date
April 11, 1955
Running time
6 minutes

The Legend of Rockabye Point is a 1955 Chilly Willy cartoon directed by Tex Avery and produced by Walter Lantz. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film,[1] but lost to Speedy Gonzales.[2] This is also the second (and last) Chilly Willy cartoon directed by Avery.[3]


An old sailor tells the legend of a starving polar bear (Maxie) and a penguin (Chilly Willy) who attempted to steal bluefin tuna from his ship 20 years before. But, both kept running into a vicious guard dog. To placate the beast, the bear sings "Rock-A-Bye Baby" to him to make him nod off, which served as a running gag.

While gathering fish, Chilly drops an anvil on the polar bear's head. He, however, holds in his scream, runs over to a nearby desk and writes down on a piece of paper, "Ouch!" and then he makes a mad face and writes down swear symbols resembling cuss symbols. As the bear puts down the anvil, he accidentally drops it on the dog and sings to him again. Then Chilly puts a clarinet in the dog's mouth as he sleeps.

The dog becomes cranky from the clarinet noise he is making, but the bear lulls him to sleep by playing the notes to "Rock-A-Bye Baby". Then Chilly puts new sheet notes in front of the bear and makes him play "Circus March", thus causing the dog to reawaken. The dog eventually chases the polar bear up a tall iceberg.

At the end of the picture, the sailor says if you listen carefully, you can to this day still hear the lullaby at night. Indeed, at the peak, the pair stand—both very old and grey now—with the bear holding the dog tenderly and singing "Rock-A-Bye Baby".

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