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1[[quoteright:350:]]˛˛''Who Killed Cock Robin?'' is a 1935 animated short film (8 minutes) from Creator/{{Disney}}, one of the WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies. It was directed by David Hand.˛˛Unsurprisingly, it is based on the traditional nursery rhyme "[[ Who Killed Cock Robin?]]". Cock Robin is serenading sexy Jenny Wren when he's shot by an arrow, tumbling from a tree branch to the ground. All the birds of the forest then launch a comic trial set to music, with an owl for a judge, in which they set out to discover who killed Cock Robin.˛˛----˛!!Tropes:˛* AmbiguouslyGay: Cupid, if only because of his exaggerated mannerisms, curly hair, beak modeled to resemble red lips, large eyelashes, effeminate voice, obsession with giggling, and making his entrance on a heart-shaped space formed by pink flowers. Other than that, he barely qualifies.˛* AnimalSpeciesAccent: The owl presiding as judge at the inquest says "Whooooo killed Cock Robin" with an owl's hoot for the "Who".˛* AnimalStereotypes: The owl is the [[TheOwlKnowingOne wise]] and [[OminousOwl ominous]] judge, the parrot (a [[PollyWantsAMicrophone talkative]] bird) is the prosecutor, the blackbird is a [[UncleTomfoolery black stereotype]], and the cuckoo is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.˛* BadGuyBar: Cock Robin is found in front of one, named "The Old [[{{Pun}} Crow Bar]]".˛* BlackComedy: "We don't know who is guilty so we're gonna hang 'em all!" (sung to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell")˛* BlowingSmokeRings: Legs Sparrow the gangster smokes a cigar and blows smoke rings to demonstrate his ease on the witness stand.˛* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The cuckoo, [[AnimalStereotypes fittingly enough]]. He has no idea what the judge is asking from him, and just randomly points at the judge, the prosecutor and himself as culprits.˛* ConvenientComa: OK, sure, Cock Robin isn't dead, but he sure was unconscious for an unusually long time.˛* CourtroomEpisode: Most of the cartoon is about the trial to find Cock Robin's murderer.˛* CupidsArrow: It turns out that Cock Robin was shot by Cupid, and he isn't really dead, just out cold after falling from the tree.˛* HangingJudge: The genial owl judge reacts to not being able to figure out who the killer is by deciding to hang all his suspects.˛* HeadTurningBeauty: Jenny Wren gets the attention of not only Cock Robin, but also all the male birds at the court, including the judge, the eight members of the jury, the police officers and a few spectators.˛* LyricalDissonance: The judge and the jury sing a cheerful tune about how [[HangingJudge they're going to hang all the suspects]].˛* MatchCut: From the cop rapping his billy club over the head of a suspect to the judge rapping his gavel on the bench.˛* MouthyBird: The beaks of the feminine Jenny Wren and the effeminate Cupid are animated as red human lips; that they are actual beaks is made apparent from views of Jenny's profile and Cupid's silhouetted shadow.˛* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The birds are shout-outs to celebrities. Crooning Cock Robin is Music/BingCrosby, curvaceous, purring Jenny Wren is Creator/MaeWest. The cuckoo is [[Creator/TheMarxBrothers Harpo Marx]] whereas the blackbird is [[UncleTomfoolery Stepin Fetchit]] and the Sparrow is Edward G. Robinson.˛* NonMammalMammaries: Jenny Wren's chest is very puffed out and even forms cleavage when she inhales˛* OfficerOHara: The policeman bird is an Irishman, as revealed by his accent when he tells the suspect "Sure and tell it to the judge."˛* PoliceBrutality: PlayedForLaughs. The police officers are pretty eager to smack the culprits in the head with their batons. Especially the blackbird.˛* PrettyBoy: Cupid has exaggerated mannerisms, curly hair, a beak modeled to resemble red lips, large eyelashes, an effeminate voice, an obsession with giggling, and he makes his entrance on a heart-shaped space formed by pink flowers.˛* RuleOfThree: There are three culprits at the trial: a [[UncleTomfoolery blackbird]], a thuggish sparrow, and a [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} crazy cuckoo]].˛* QuestioningTitle: "Who killed Cock Robin?"˛* SerenadeYourLover: Cock Robin is serenading Jenny Wren when he's shot by the arrow.˛* ShadowDiscretionShot: The person who shot the arrow is shown only as a shadow creeping through the trees.˛* SparedByTheAdaptation: Unlike in the nursery rhyme, Cock Robin isn't really dead.˛* TapOnTheHead: The arrow didn't kill Cock Robin, he just hit his head and was knocked out when he fell out of the tree, and he's perfectly fine in the end.˛* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: The blackbird's whole head blanches white when he is shown the body of Cock Robin.˛* TitleDrop: The question is asked many times.˛* UncleTomfoolery: The blackbird is a racist shout-out to Stepin Fetchit.


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