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Now That Summer is Gone

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Now That Summer is Gone is a 1938 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Frank Tashlin.

Now That Summer is Gone
Directed bySupervision:
Frank Tashlin (unc. on the Blue Ribbon reissue)
Produced byLeon Schlesinger (unc. on the Blue Ribbon reissue)
Story byFred Neiman (unc. on the Blue Ribbon reissue)
StarringMel Blanc
Billy Bletcher
(both unc.)
Music byMusical direction:
Carl W. Stalling (unc. on the Blue Ribbon reissue)
Milt Franklyn (uncredited)
Animation byCharacter animation artists by:
Robert McKimson (unc. on the Blue Ribbon reissue)
Robert Bentley (unc.)
Ken Harris (unc.)
Volney White (unc.)
Effects animation artist by:
A.C. Gamer (unc.)
Backgrounds byBackground supervised by:
Art Loomer (unc.)
Color processIn:
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
May 14, 1938 (original), November 22, 1947 (reissue)
Running time
6:06 min


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 without making the effort to hunt them. Disregarding his father's advice not to gamble, the young squirrel pays no attention and 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!" 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 attempts to run out the door, but is caught by the tail by his enraged father. As the disgruntled father gets his lashing weapon (a plank) ready, his son tells him that "he'll flip him for it, double or nothing!" As the cartoon irises out and the "That's All Folks!" ending appears, the foolish squirrel is seen/heard getting lashes from his enraged father.


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