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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛[[caption-width-right:350:Nelly hits the big time]]˛˛''Nelly's Folly'' is a 1961 Warner Brothers WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes (actually, Merrie Melodies) cartoon directed by Creator/ChuckJones.˛˛Nelly is a giraffe somewhere in Africa, with a beautiful singing voice that she likes to show off for the local wildlife. She is discovered by a hunter who also happens to be a Broadway agent. Nelly is brought to New York and takes showbiz by storm, becoming a huge singing star. Unfortunately her career is threatened when she falls in love with a male giraffe, one who happens to be married.˛˛Nelly's singing voice was provided by Gloria Wood, a stage singer who sang for many cartoon shorts of the era. Looney Tunes icon Creator/MelBlanc only has a couple of lines, as a random turtle as well as the male giraffe.˛˛----˛!!Tropes:˛˛* ChirpingCrickets: When Nelly comes out for her next show after the scandal breaks, only to find an empty theater.˛* ContinuityNod: One of the songs Nelly sings is "The Flower of Gower Gulch", which is actually an original Looney Tunes song composed for inclusion in the 1951 WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck cartoon "Drip-Along Daffy".˛* DarkestAfrica: "Dark, brooding Africa" is where the narrator begins the story...and that description is immediately undercut by Nelly's soaring opera voice.˛* DarkerAndEdgier: It's not ''that much'' darker and edgier as the trope implies, but, like most cartoons during the twilight years of Warner Bros., this one was more experimental and dramatic (similar to "High Note", "Bartholomew vs. The Wheel", and "Now Hear This"), rather than the typical comedies that have been front and center.˛* EarnYourHappyEnding: After suffering from the loneliness of fame and returning home in disgrace following a love triangle scandal, Nelly continues singing and falls for a single male giraffe.˛* {{Jingle}}: Nelly's first gig in America involves recording a jingle for indigestion medicine to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne".˛* JunglesSoundLikeKookaburras: Of course they do! They certainly do here, as we hear kookaburras while the camera makes its way to Nelly in Africa.˛* {{Narrator}}: A narrator sets the scene in Africa and provides exposition at a couple more points along the way.˛* SpinningPaper: Nelly's fall from grace is recounted this way, with spinning newspaper headlines.˛* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Both Nelly and the male giraffe's wife have long eyelashes.˛----


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