331. The Legend of Rockabye Point – Tex Avery

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SUMMARY: A polar bear pursuing Chilly Willy is forced to repeatedly sing a lullaby to a vicious little dog in order to put him back to sleep.

WHY IT’S HERE: Tex Avery’s ‘The Legend of Rockabye Point’ is another of the cartoons Avery directed for Walter Lantz. ‘The Legend of Rockabye Point’ shows Avery’s legendary skill with a running gag, as a polar bear tries to steal fish from a sleeping guard dog, forced to sing him back to sleep each time he wakes up. It’s billed as a Chilly Willy cartoon but the little penguin plays second fiddle to the bear and dog. The strangely sad ending has seen the cartoon go down in legend among animation fans.

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