I showed this classic Tex Avery cartoon at Yulecon in an attempt to add a bit of Thanksgiving before diving in to some X-mas clips. I had fondly remembered Jerky Turkey from seeing it over and over and over again in my formative years. Which only goes to prove that memory is deceptive.
First gag...I don't remember this. And I don't think I would've gotten this as a kid.
Wha? What the heck is that? "C?" What does "C" even mean?
Oh, right. This is a cartoon from 1945. World War II gags. Ha!
Yeah, I don't remember any of these gags.
I think I remember this, but I didn't get it.
Ah. Gasoline rationing gag. Right.
Oh, hey, I get it. I don't remember this gag, but at least I get it.
They must be waiting in line for Thanksgiving dinner.
Hollywood and Vine? I don't recall that gag. Did they edit these out when they were rebroadcast?
Cigarette rationing. Whoa.
Another Draft gag. I really don't remember any of these.
Literary gag. Subtle.
....and I don't remember this either. I could do this for the whole cartoon. It's filled with dozens of WWII gags that didn't make an impression on me as a kid. Gags that don't make any sense to me even now. Within two generations most of the sight gags in this cartoon have lost all meaning. It must seem completely incoherent to the current generation.
Look at the size of that wishbone...
Thanks to Chris S. for sharing his copy of Jerky Turkey