Plenty of Money and You is a 1937 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng.


All of a hen's eggs hatch, but one of them turns out to be an ostrich. She however keeps it as one of her own. The ostrich has a knack for getting into trouble. He gets stuck after eating a goldfish, then falls into an basement where he swallows a car jack whole, then has a run-in involving a worm and a lawn sprinkler, and last but not least is captured by a weasel. The weasel is singing while he prepares to cook the ostrich. The ostrich in the meantime swallows a hanging light bulb and a box of fireworks, and those are lit after he's put in the oven. The weasel, irritated at this point, decides to let the ostrich go. The ostrich unintentionally puts on a fireworks show.


  • (1997) LaserDisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Volume 5, Side 7, Animal Antics (1995 Turner dubbed version)
  • (2008) DVD - Gold Diggers of 1937 (1995 Turner dubbed version)


  • The Censored Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies guide states that a scene was cut from the original release after the mother hen hugs the baby ostrich, the baby bird shoots fireworks out of its mouth, creating an "Eat at Sloppy Joe's" sign. After this, the film abruptly cuts to the baby ostrich on the ground, but the way the ostrich is animated suggests that it was falling. [1][2]


  • The ostrich appears again in a cameo in "The Lyin' Mouse". It also has a role in "Mother Was a Rooster".
  • "Plenty of Money and You" is notable as the first short to end with the "Merrily We Roll Along" theme which would continue until 1964 because the Merrie Melodies used the Looney Tunes theme until 1969 when the WB studio closed. This unique rendition would only present in this short. Starting with "I Wanna Be a Sailor", a new ending cue was developed, but this time the new ending cue lasted for approximately one year.
  • The American dubbed version keeps the unique ending cue, while the European dubbed version uses the 1938-41 ending cue.[citation needed]



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