A trained seal has escaped from the Jingling Brothers circus; there's a $100,000 reward. Both the Captain and John Silver hear this news, as does the seal. They show up, offering the seal a... See full summary »

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A trained seal has escaped from the Jingling Brothers circus; there's a $100,000 reward. Both the Captain and John Silver hear this news, as does the seal. They show up, offering the seal a ride to wherever she wants to go; home to the arctic, as it happens. The Captain wins round one, grabbing the seal while John is engaged in a fight with yet another reward seeker. But John's got a few tricks up his sleeve, primarily the seal suit he dresses up in that fools the seal briefly and the Captain for a bit longer. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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28 January 1939 (USA)  »

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No seals were skinned during the making of this film
5 November 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Der Captain and Long John Silver battle over who gets to return an escaped seal to the circus for a hefty reward. John Silver (lifted right out of R.S. Stevenson with no apologies) was often used in the strip as a shifty friend and later a rival to the Captain. The animated series cast him firmly in the latter capacity and allowed him free reign to hog the spotlight. (With that Mel Blanc voice how could he not take center stage?)

This entry was directed by an uncredited Friz Freleng whose gifts and limitations are on full display here. Legend has it that he argued with producer Fred Quimby against making a "Captain and the Kids" series on the grounds that human characters rarely work in animation. It's ironic that one of Freleng's final projects was producing a "Blondie and Dagwood" TV cartoon special. Trust me - the "C&K" series, for all it's flaws, is a better show.


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