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Lizards in Movies
Cross Country Detours (1940)
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This is a scene from a short animated cartoon by Tex Avery that you can watch here.

We hear an announcer and see a split screen labeled For Grown-ups and For Children: "Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please. The next scene is quite gruesome. So for the benefit of the children in the audience, we will split the screen. The left side for grown-ups, the right for the children. For the grown-ups, a hideous gila monster. For the children, a recitation."

Then we see and hear a little girl reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb on the right, while an animated lizard that's supposed to look like a gila monster snarls, shows its teeth, and writhes around on the left. The girl finishes her poem and curtsies, then leans over to the left panel and lets out an enormous growl. This makes the scarey gila monster run away, yelping like a scared dog. They had girl power even in 1940.