The Draft Horse
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Story byTedd Pierce
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
StarringMel Blanc
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation byRobert Cannon
Ken Harris
Rudy Larriva
Ben Washam
Bob Givens
Layouts byJohn McGrew
Backgrounds byGene Fleury
Color processTechnicolor
Leon Schlesinger Productions
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
May 9, 1942
Running time

The Draft Horse is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones.[1] The short was released on May 9, 1942.[2]

The title is a pun on draft horse and the draft (conscription).


A farm horse sees a poster that says the U.S. Army needs horses. The horse goes to the recruiting station and tries to volunteer, but is eventually rejected, labeled "44-F". Leaving the station dejected, he wanders into a wargames situation, and the flying bullets frighten him so much he makes a dash for home. At the end, he is serving the war effort in another way, knitting "V for Victory" sweaters for the boys overseas.

Music cues

The short uses multiple music cues for several scenes. This includes:

See also


  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. 128. 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.

The EU Dubbed Print Uses 1937-1938 MWRA Over Dubbed Ending Card While The USA Dubbed Print Uses 1938-1941 MWRA