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Mother Hen's Holiday (1937)

After driving their mother hen to a nervous breakdown, her chicks realize it is Mother's Day and treat her well.


Arthur Davis, Sid Marcus (uncredited)


Sid Marcus (story)


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Payne B. Johnson Payne B. Johnson ... Boy (uncredited)


After driving their mother hen to a nervous breakdown, her chicks realize it is Mother's Day and treat her well.

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color rhapsodies | scrappy | See All (2) »


Animation | Short







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7 May 1937 (USA) See more »

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Mors dag See more »

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Color (Technicolor)
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One Day a Year
4 August 2015 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

An overworked hen has her uncountable chicks drive her into a nervous breakdown. Then they realize it is Mother's Day and treat her well. One day a year.

Mother's Day is a modern invention and the first American one was celebrated in 1908. This seems to be the earliest cartoon I have found celebrating the day; Christmas, Hallowe'en and even the Fourth of July being far more popular holidays for these cartoons' market audience of children.

Like most of the Mintz cartoons, its production values are impeccable, with some beautiful Technicolor work; through the middle of the 1940s, Columbia's color cartoons were special efforts and were given higher budgets in all departments. Like many of them, it seems a bit underwritten, with concomitant cheating, including looping in a few sequences towards the end and a gag sequence involving a cuckoo clock stretches out the rule of three before the multiple payoffs begin. However, it's a generally effective mixture of gags and sentimentality.

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