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wise or prudent only in small matters; saving small sums while losing larger; penny-wise; - used chiefly in the phrase, penny wise and pound foolish.

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The story is simple and straightforward and the directors have relied much on the vocal talents of Sudeikis, Gad, McBride, Hader and Maya who have done a good job with the lines written by Jon Vitti, based on a story by Mikael Hed, Mikko Polla and John Cohen.
Screenwriter Jon Vitti peppers this haphazard, but energetic flight of self-discovery with a barrage of dreadful puns and dad jokes that will inspire as many groans as giggles.
Screenwriter Jon Vitti peppers this haphazard, but energetic flight of self-discovery with dreadful puns and dad jokes that will inspire as many groans as giggles.
It's bright but not Screenwriter Jon Vitti peppers this haphazard, but energetic flight of self-discovery with a barrage of dreadful puns and dad jokes that will inspire as many groans as giggles.
It's bright but not Pixar Screenwriter Jon Vitti peppers this haphazard, but energetic flight of self-discovery with a barrage of dreadful puns and dad jokes that will inspire as many groans as giggles.
It's bright but not Screenwriter Jon Vitti peppers this haphazard, but energetic flight self-discovery with a barrage of dreadful puns and dad jokes that will inspire as many groans as giggles.
The screenplay is by Jon Vitti, and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.
It takes a fair amount of contrivance on the part of scripters Jon Vitti, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, but the brothers wind up in the care of Dave's younger cousin Toby (Zachary Levi of TV's "Chuck"), a vidgame-obsessed slacker who's surprisingly diligent about making sure Alvin, Simon and Theodore attend high school.
Vasquez 5, Northview 4: Curtis Leavitt hit a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to score Jon Vitti with the game-winning run for Vasquez of Acton (15-2) in the championship game.
The Simpsons" series' veterans Ian Maxtone-Graham, George Meyer, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Matt Selman, John Swartzwelder and Jon Vitti joined Brooks, Groening, Jean and Scully to write the eagerly anticipated script, and David Silverman (Monsters Inc.
Screenplay, Jon Vitti, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi, from a story by Vitti.
The script is written by Groening, Brooks, Jean, Scully, Ian Maxtone-Graham, George Meyer, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Matt Selman, John Swartzwelder, and Jon Vitti - all series veterans.