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Fish and Chips (1962)

Smedley is guarding his master's estate when he receives a package in the mail containing Chilly Willy. Chilly immediately sets his sights on devouring the master's stuffed barracuda which ... See full summary »


Jack Hannah


Dalton Sandifer (story)


Daws Butler


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Daws Butler ... Smedley / Mailman / Colonel Blueblood (voice)


Smedley is guarding his master's estate when he receives a package in the mail containing Chilly Willy. Chilly immediately sets his sights on devouring the master's stuffed barracuda which Smedley does everything in his power to prevent. Chilly eventually grinds the marlin into little pieces which Smedley tries to reconstruct before the master returns. While Smedley does succeed in piecing the marlin back together several times, Chilly strikes again until the marlin is once again in pieces and Smedley is forced to takes its place over the fireplace with his master none the wiser. Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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8 January 1962 (USA) See more »

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More fish trouble, this time with Smedley
3 August 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Chilly Willy's best cartoons were perfect examples of how a potentially one-joke character and concept could end up actually being a perfect mix of the cute and the funny with a lot of colour and good comic timing to go with it.

Smedley makes a more than welcome return, and shows perfectly why he and Chilly Willy work so well together. He is the slightly funnier and more interesting of the two, there are some very humorous bits of dialogue and Daws Butler (in his characteristic and distinctive Huckleberry Hound southern drawl) does a marvellous job as ever. Once again Smedley's chemistry with Chilly sparkles. 'Fish and Chips' may not be one of their best overall, but is certainly one of their better 60s efforts, especially those directed by Paul J. Smith.

That 'Fish and Chips' is directed by Jack Hannah, who was responsible for some truly great work with Disney (some of the best they ever did) may have something to do with it, and Hannah does wonders with the limited budgets and time constraints. The story is formulaic and thin and the animation quality is less than refined and sometimes pretty unappealing in the rushed looking drawing.

Some of it is bright and colourful however and there is some imagination. The music is full of lively bounce and character, with luscious orchestration. It not only adds to the action and visuals but enhances them too.

All the gags are rarely less than amusing and beautifully timed. The chemistry between Chilly and Smedley sparkles, and it is always remarkable at what Chilly has up his sleeve and how he does it. Underneath all that irresistible cuteness he is one clever, funny and at times fairly brutal penguin.

Chilly is adorable and is also a lot of fun, with his actions speaking far louder than words. He may be a nuisance to his opponents but he wins the viewer over with his cuteness and timing.

All in all, very good fun. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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