The Night Watchman (1938 film)

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The Night Watchman
Merrie Melodies series
Directed by Supervision:
Chuck Jones
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Story by Tedd Pierce
Voices by Mel Blanc
Marge Hill-Talbot (both uncr.)
Music by Musical direction:
Carl Stalling
Animation by Ken Harris
Additional animation:
A.C. Gamer (uncr.)
Bob McKimson (uncr.)
Phil Monroe (uncr.)
Rod Scribner (uncr.)
Ben Washam (uncr.)
Keith Darling (uncr.)
Studio Leon Schlesinger Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) November 19, 1938
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes
Language English

The Night Watchman is a Merrie Melodies cartoon released to theaters on November 19, 1938. This short was the very first film directed by Chuck Jones after he was promoted from an animator (where he was under Fred Avery and Robert Clampett's units). This is the first cartoon to use the green-yellow color scheme for the Merrie Melodies rings and a red WB shield since Toy Town Hall.


A watchman gets sick, so his son is enlisted to watch the kitchen. When the gangland-style rats find out that he's the one on duty, they try to take over.


The Night Watchman is available with its original opening and ending titles restored on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 4 Disc 4.

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