A cat is apparently looking for lunch after chasing a mouse, some birds and a squirrel. It then spies in a backyard (SPOILERS?) a canary and a dog. The cat is initially successful at outwitting the dog, but mayhem then ensues.
In a departure from the usual Terrytoon, this short is based on predictions of things to come in the world after the end of World War II. It primarily deals with, in a comedy sense, what ... See full summary »
In this George Pal Puppetoon (production number U5-6), John Henry (voice of Rex Ingram), legendary figure of American folklore, goes to work for the C.& O. Railroad, which, shortly ... See full summary »
The Scarecrow trades Jasper a handful of beans for his harmonica. Jasper plants the beans and climbs up the resulting beanstalk and, at the top, finds a beautiful girl in a golden cage ... See full summary »
Unfortunately, the only place this classic, Academy-Award-nominated short can be seen at all is that it is excerpted - in short snippets - in the "In Search of Dr. Seuss" video.
While Arnold Leibovit's excellent "The Puppetoon Movie" has many of Pal's greatest Puppetoon/"Madcap Models" shorts - and the extended version DVD has a dozen additional shorts(!) - the Dr. Seuss shorts are sadly lacking. I, and indeed many animation aficionados, would LOVE to eventually see "The Complete Puppetoons" in a DVD collection. (The auspices of a "complete" collection might be the only way to get many of the "Jasper" shorts out there as they tend to be controversial - though if Disney can present complete collections as part of their "Disney Treasures" and apologize for potentially offensive material with a little disclaimer from Leonard Maltin, I'm sure the same could be done on George Pal's behalf.)
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