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A mouse about to commit suicide by jumping off a pier, when he was saved by baby kangaroo, Hippety Hopper. In exchange for the mouse releasing him from his shipping crate, Hippety agrees to... See full summary »

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A mouse about to commit suicide by jumping off a pier, when he was saved by baby kangaroo, Hippety Hopper. In exchange for the mouse releasing him from his shipping crate, Hippety agrees to help the mouse humble his tormentor, Sylvester Cat, by making Sylvester think that vitamins have enlarged the mouse to Hippety Hopper's size, and when Sylvester fights the "giant mouse", he loses in the usual embarrassing way- this time, in front of a chiding bulldog. The duo also embarrass the bulldog after threatening to pin its ears back, The bulldog and Sylvester then start ballet as this concludes. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Bulldog: He's safe. Nobody hits a guy with glasses. Of course, I could be wrong.
[after Syvester is kicked out, the Bulldog walks inside the house]
Bulldog: Well, no use sending a boy on a mans job.
Mouse: Now, don't you start anything or I'll grow big and kick you out.
Bulldog: Oh yeah, grow big then.
[the mouse then lead the Bulldog to a door and Hippety Hopper hopped out]
Bulldog: That's a good trick mouse, but it won't save you. Well, go ahead, kick me out. I dares you.
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You Never Know Where You're Going Till You Get There
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Music by Jule Styne
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29 October 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Robert McKimson created Hippety Hopper in 1947 and then turned him into a recurring character. If I'm right, the cartoon "Hippety Hopper" is one of only three cartoons named after a character (along with "The Foghorn Leghorn" and "Speedy Gonzales"). In this case, the eponymous, laconic baby kangaroo helps a mouse get rid of Sylvester.

Obviously, the Hippety Hopper series is one of the parallel series in which Sylvester starred when not chasing Tweety. The others were Speedy Gonzales and the occasional appearances as Porky Pig's pet cat, trying to alert clueless Porky to the ambient dangers. Sylvester's role as the hapless companion of cute* Tweety, suave Speedy and unclear-personality Hippety made him a real unique case in Warner Bros. cartoons. He was the only second-tier character to work with all three directors - Friz Freleng directed Tweety, Robert McKimson directed Hippety, Chuck Jones directed the ones in which Sly co-starred with Porky.

Anyway, this is a pretty funny one. Sylvester and the bulldog probably couldn't have gotten away with that end scene had they been real-life actors!

*While Tweety is known as "cute", he was rather sadistic in his early cartoons.


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