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Meatless Flyday

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Cartoon directed by Friz Freleng, released in 1944. Features a spider bent on noshing on a fly. Hames Ware has suggested that the voice of the Spider is that of character actor Cyrus Kendall, and not Tex Avery, as Beck and Friedwald suggest.

    If you look closely at the jar of “Kandy Kolor” that the spider uses to coat the metal pellets, you will see that the manufacturer is I.G. Farben of Minneapolis. Ironically, Farben, which was a German company, was at this time one of the major suppliers to the German war machine, and a major utilizer of slave labor.

    Meatless Tuesdays were an effort during the war to convince people to reduce meat consumption. The calendar the fly points to reads September 27 - Meatless Tuesday. However: in 1943, September 27 fell on a Monday, it came on a Wednesday in 1944 and a Thursday in 1945.

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