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The Bashful Buzzard is a 1945 7-minute animated cartoon directed by Robert Clampett. Beaky Buzzard is also featured in this cartoon. The cartoon was remade in 1953 as a Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodie.

Plot Summary

Beaky Buzzard is sent to bring home something to eat. While his brothers fetch a milk cow (with farmer attached), a string of circus elephants (including a baby one brandishing a banner reading "I am NOT Dumbo", a reference to the 1941 Disney film of the same name) and a dog attached to a fire hydrant, Beaky manages to capture a baby bumble bee. The bee's mother then comes and stings Beaky, who falls down near a lake. There he sees the small head of what turns out to be a large dragon. Beaky starts running from the dragon, and the scene changes to the mother buzzard worrying about her son not returning home until late at night. When he comes, she is both glad that he came and angry that he brought nothing for dinner. However, when the camera moves down, it is revealed that he has eventually caught the dragon, who dismisses the mother's claim by saying "Well now, I wouldn't say that!" (a la Mr. Peavey of The Great Gildersleeve).

Status of original titles

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The original titles to this cartoon are believed to be lost; however there are re-created titles with the original opening music cue as a bonus feature on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 5. Also, it can be noted that the re-created titles do not look like the originals, as the originals had the credits superimposed over the first shot of the buzzards, and after a few seconds, the camera would zoom in on the buzzards like the "Blue Ribbon" cartoon.

The Blue Ribbon reissue is one of several reissues from the 1952-53 season that feature a static Merrie Melodies end card with green rings and the phrase "THE END" written in the Lydian typeface (replacing the traditional "That's all Folks!"). It is the first such cartoon to be seen on DVD.


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