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Western Animation / Jerky Turkey

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Jerky Turkey is a 1945 animated short directed by Tex Avery, one of the Tex Avery MGM Cartoons. It focuses on a Pilgrim trying to hunt a turkey for the first Thanksgiving. Perhaps they should just eat at Joe's instead.


  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The turkey tries to jump into a foxhole, which is already occupied by an annoyed fox.
  • Fur Is Clothing: The turkey can remove his feathers by unzipping them like a full-body costume.
  • Gag Nose: The pilgrim has a droopy, bulbous nose. He has to hold it to the side when talking to the audience so his mouth can be seen.
  • Gainax Ending: At the very end, the turkey and the pilgrim decide to follow the bear and eat at Joe's. They enter the diner, there's a huge commotion inside, and then the bear exits and locks up; as he turns his back to the audience, upon it is the words "I'm Joe". The pilgrim and the turkey are last seen in a cross-view of the bear's stomach as he walks away.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: The turkey pulls the old "saw off a limb, rest of the tree falls down" gag on the pilgrim.
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  • High-Dive Hijinks: The turkey dives from a tree limb towards a tank of water. The Pilgrim pulls the tank off to the side, but the turkey suddenly stops in mid-air, moves himself over the tank, and lands in the water.
  • Let's Meet the Meat: The turkey offers himself to the pilgrim for cooking. Of course, this is just a set up for him to pester the poor guy, as is typical of Tex Avery's trickster characters.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The turkey is modeled after Jimmy Durante.
  • Packed Hero: The turkey wraps himself as a package for the pilgrim to take him.
  • Right on Queue: One gag depicts an endless line of male and female pilgrims stretching off to the horizon as they wait to get their cigarette ration at Ye Cut Rate Drug Store.
  • Running Gag: The bear who periodically walks by wearing the sign, "Eat at Joe's."
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  • Swallowed Whole: The ultimate fate of the Pilgrim and the turkey, after they decide to eat at Joe's.
  • Talking with Signs:
    • The lameness of the "Half-Breed" gag is Lampshaded with the guy holding a sign reading "Heap corny gag."
    • At the end, the pilgrim holds a "Don't eat at Joe's" sign while inside the bear's stomach.
  • Thanksgiving Episode: Focusing as it does on a Pilgrim hunting a turkey.
  • Thanksgiving Turkey: It's about a turkey being hunted for Thanksgiving.
  • Tonto Talk: The Native American chief and the Half-Breed speak this way; the latter even has a sign written in it.
  • Visual Pun: Wouldn't be a Tex Avery cartoon without at least a couple.
    • Plymouth Rock is shaped like a Plymouth chicken.
    • The pilgrim gets the turkey from "Ye Black Market", a deli market painted black.
    • The "Half breed" is a Braids, Beads and Buckskins Native American on one side, a blond Caucasian in a business suit on the other.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: During the boatride, a large percentage of the passengers are hanging over the rails.
  • Wartime Cartoon: The short is filled with humorous World War II anachronisms. The Mayflower is accompanied by a convoy of modern battleships, the town crier is crying because he got drafted, and so on.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Parodied, with the word "ye" put in front of random things, such as, "Ye Navy Gun Crew," which consists of WWII-era sailors standing around an anti-aircraft gun.