“Jerky Turkey” by Tex Avery

It’s Thanksgiving so let’s enjoy Jerky Turkey, a classic 1945 MGM short directed by the one and only Tex Avery. The guns and violence need no explanation; they are as relevant (and American) as ever. But if you’re under the age of 75, you might need a guide to the short’s World War II-specific humor. Anyone remember Franksgiving?


  • Jack Rabbit

    Lovely stuff. Tex was a true innovator of his time, as was Bob Clampett.

  • Dana B

    One of my favorite cartoons growing up! All the gags starting coming back me right away, it’s even better now that I understand most of them than when I was a sprout. Happy Thanksgiving, Cartoon Brew!

  • jhalpernkitcat

    The moral of this cartoon? Don’t eat at Joe’s.

  • Roberto Severino

    Happy Thanksgiving, Cartoon Brew! I posted a link to this cartoon on one of the social networking websites I use and I had a good feeling that it would be posted here too. I’m so glad that you decided to remind everyone about how great this short was and still is. Tex Avery is still a force to be reckoned with and an inspiration to a lot of cartoonists.