Quentin Quail
Screenshot of title
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Story byTedd Pierce
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation byBen Washam
Ken Harris
Basil Davidovich
Lloyd Vaughan
Backgrounds byRobert Gribbroek
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • March 2, 1946 (1946-03-02)
Running time
7 minutes

Quentin Quail is a 1946 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones.[1] The short was released on March 2, 1946.[2]

It presents a tale about a quail (voiced by Tedd Pierce)[3] who goes through various trials and tribulations to try to get a worm for his baby, Toots (a take-off, voiced by Sara Berner, on Fanny Brice's radio character Baby Snooks[4]), only to have her refuse to eat the worm because it looks like Frank Sinatra.

Prior to the release of this short, the name "Quentin Quail" first appeared on a model sheet by Bob Clampett, done at some point before 1942. The character is a precursor to Clampett's more famous creation, Tweety, and bears a striking resemblance to the canary.[5] Mel Blanc provides Quentin Quail's screams and sneezes, as well as the Crow's voice.[3]


  1. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 165. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 104–106. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Quentin Quail (1946): Cast". IMDb. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Radio Round-Up: BABY SNOOKS -". cartoonresearch.com. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  5. ^ Beck, Jerry (1991). I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat: Fifty Years of Sylvester and Tweety. Henry Holt and Co. p. 35. ISBN 0-8050-1644-9.