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The Early Worm Gets the Bird

From Loonipedia

The Early Bird Gets the Bird is a Merrie Melodies cartoon, released on January 13th, 1940.


Mammy Blackbird is tucking her three children into bed. One little bird named Willie pulls out a copy of a book titled The Early Bird Gets the Worm and starts reading. Mammy scolds him and warns that if he tries to catch that worm that the ol' fox will catch him. Willie isn't frightened by his mother's warning and sets his alarm clock so he can have a worm for breakfast. The next morning, he sneaks out of house and tracks down the worm. The little worm turns out to be quite the smartaleck and leads Willie on a chase. This attracts the attention of the fox who catches Willie and starts to make himself a blackbird sandwich. The worm saves the little bird by siccing an angry bumblebee on the fox. The fox's bottle of ketchup shatters on his head, and the fox runs off thinking he is bleeding to death. The worm and bird make amends and Willie hops back into bed just as Mammy comes in to wake him up. While his brothers both ask for worms for breakfast, Willie replies that he doesn't want any worms. "Neither does I, Mammy!" exclaims the worm.


Supervision: Fred Avery
Story by: Jack Miller
Animation: Robert Cannon
Music: Carl W. Stalling

Video Availability:[edit]

The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vol. 3 Laserdisc - Side 10: Politically Incorrect (MGM/UA; 1992)
Various public domain compilations




Public Domain: Available for Download on Archive.org