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Chilly Willy (1953)

A schooner anchors at the South Pole, and the skipper goes ashore and leaves the ship's mascot, a St. Bernard dog, to stand watch and guard the ship. A small penguin, Chilly Willy (the only... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Sara Berner ... Chilly Willy (singing voice)


A schooner anchors at the South Pole, and the skipper goes ashore and leaves the ship's mascot, a St. Bernard dog, to stand watch and guard the ship. A small penguin, Chilly Willy (the only penguin not equipped for cold weather...anywhere), sees the ship and tries to get warm by its stove. The watchdog attempts to get rid of him, but Willy manages to get the dog drunk from the rum in its own cask. The captain returns to find Willy saving the ship from sinking, while the dog is found sleeping it off. Willy is made mascot and the dog is tossed in the ship's brig. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

21 December 1953 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Chiller Dillers, the captain hits the bear, which breaks the guitar. Then the bear is playing the guitar again and it's in perfect condition. See more »


[first spoken lines]
Chilly Willy: [singing] I'm so very unhappy. I don't know what to do. My head is hot, my feet are cold... *achoo* I'm so very unhappy. There's only greens in view. I'm frozen stiff as a piece of ice... *achoo* I'd like to be a camel, and feel the desert breezes. I know I'd never have a cold... a camel never sneezes. Oh this is not the life for me. I shake until I'm blue. My nose is red and my tale is told... *achoo*
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Referenced in Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) See more »


Chilly Willy Song
by Mary Jo Rush
Sung by Sara Berner
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Chilly Willy's first cartoon is hardly a "chilly" effort
21 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Chilly Willy's best cartoons were perfect examples of how a potentially one-joke character and concept could end up actually being a perfect mix of the cute and the funny with a lot of colour and good comic timing to go with it.

There may be better Chilly Willy cartoons, like the Tex Avery-directed ones which were among the best he ever did, but for a first cartoon 'Chilly Willy' was pretty darn good and hardly a "chilly" effort. The animation is not always as smooth as it could be in the drawing, which is likely down to budget reasons, and the timing is not quite as flawless as in Avery's efforts. Every series has to start somewhere, but 'Chilly Willy' is among the better first cartoons for a cartoon character.

Even if the animation in Avery's cartoons was more refined and imaginative, it is still bright and colourful with some beautiful backgrounds. The music is full of lively bounce and character, with luscious orchestration. It not only adds to the action and visuals but enhances them too. Love Chilly's song, or opening sequence, what could easily have come over as whiney and self-pitying was actually pretty funny.

The writing is witty and amusing and there are some very well timed, nicely varied and incredibly funny gags, which are accentuated by the great chemistry between Chilly and the dog character and the adorable but hilariously anarchic Chilly. Along with Pingu, it was Chilly that contributed towards my lifelong love for penguins.

Voice acting is solid.

Overall, very impressive cartoon debut even if Chilly went on to better things (and admittedly worse, sadly not all his cartoons are great but the character is). 9/10 Bethany Cox

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