I am a huge Merrie Melodies fan.
Most of the ones I really like are pretty old at this point but I still feel a silly grin on my face when I watch them.
Late Thirties, early Forties, compare the quality of the back grounds, the attention to detail, the warm, soft colors,the music, even the shadows that are correct and often play a part in the story, to the absolute shit they crank out these days.
Almost always, they had some kind of message to their story.
Cracks me up how many times the bad guy, in this case the fox who even has a sign to make sure you know he's the villain, just happen to have two slices of bread and a bottle of ketchup in their pockets, ready for an unsuspecting morsel to make a sandwich out of.
They don't make 'em like this anymore, the time, effort and cost this eight minute
cartoon would require to create would cost millions of dollars to put out as a final product and would be considered a masterpiece using the technology they have now.
Of course, there is some serious stereotyping here, using a Mammy figure and the little chicks as ,at the time, innocent bumpkins.
I never even thought twice about such things when I watched these as a kid. The Momma chicken was a sweet, kind and lovable figure looking out for her babies. It's still that way to me.
Merrie Melodies are always special to me.