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Gabby Goes Fishing


Gabby was the town crier in "Gulliver's Travels". A series of 9 Gabby cartoons was produced in 1940-41. "Gabby Goes Fishing" is number 7. Gabby wants to teach a young boy how to catch the really big fish and ends up getting hooked himself. This Public Domain copy is faded indeed, but still a contribution to the collection of Fleischer cartoons on this site.

Gabby was a Max Fleischer animated cartoon series distributed through Paramount Pictures. Gabby debuted as the town crier in the 1939 animated feature Gulliver’s Travels produced by Fleischer. Shortly afterward Paramount and Fleischer gave Gabby his own Technicolor cartoon series, eight entries of which were produced between 1940 and 1941. Gabby was voiced by Pinto Colvig, the voice of Walt Disney's Goofy, and Grumpy and Sleepy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Jack Mercer (the voice of Popeye and King Little, Sneak, Snoop, Snitch, and Twinkle Toes in Gulliver’s Travels) was regularly cast alongside Colvig, as either a king, mayor, snitch, fish, castle worker, fire chief/fireman, or sometimes even as Gabby's humming! They both got their starts together in Gulliver's Travels.
The Gabby cartoons were sold to U.M. & M. TV Corporation in 1955, which later became part of National Telefilm Associates, which became Republic Pictures, and was then sold to Paramount's current parent Viacom in 1999. Today, the Gabby cartoons are in the public domain.
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