“I’m Only Three And A Half Years Old”

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Line associated with Lou Costello and used in quite a few Warner Brothers cartoons, usually following some act of child-like mischief. Examples include:

        Trap Happy Porky (Jones, 1945): one of the Hubie/Bertie-like mice says the line after skillfully robbing a rat trap
        Russian Rhapsody (Clampett, 1944): a tiny Gremlin says this after violently shattering airplane instruments with a hammer
        One Meat Brawl (McKimson, 1947): Grover Groundhog says the line to Porky after he discovers that Grover has been feeding him lines
        Baseball Bugs (Freleng, 1946): one of the ancient batters for the Tea Totallers says he is only 93 1/2 years old
        Baby Bottleneck (Clampett, 1946): a bawling hippo says that he is only 3 1/2 seconds old

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