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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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Sylvester / Mouse / Bulldog (voice)
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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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The bulldog is the very same character figure in Stooge for a Mouse (1950) cartoon & its rarely known name is Mike. Because Sylvester called Mike's name just one time, shortly after chasing the unnamed mouse back into its mouse-hole as it was trying to get to the table of cheese. See more »

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Bulldog: He's safe. Nobody hits a guy with glasses. Of course, I could be wrong.
[after Syvester was kicked out, the bulldog then 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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A Sylvester and Hippety Hopper cartoon where the bulldog steals the show from under them
28 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hippety Hopper is well-engineered and entertaining stuff without being one of the best or worst of the Sylvester and Hippety Hopper series, and this was only their second cartoon.

The mouse is a rather bland character and somewhat stiff and ugly in design and movement, and as repetitive as this sounds if you are familiar with the basic formula of the Sylvester and Hippety Hopper cartoons there is not much that is particularly new here in this regard, the characters still serve the same functions and the basic situation is pretty much the same except with a suicidal mouse and a bulldog in the mix.

However, on the most part Hippety Hopper is very well animated, the colours are vibrant and atmospheric, the backgrounds fluid and detailed and the character designs and the way they move (excepting the mouse) crisply drawn and smooth. Another plus is Carl Stalling's music, which has so much life and character and is beautifully orchestrated with lively rhythms and clever use of instruments and sound effects (the music accompanying Hippety's hopping and movements). It matches brilliantly with the action, especially in the interplay between Sylvester and Hippety, and even enhances it in a way that few other cartoon composers excelled in better than Stalling.

Also great is the dialogue, which is sharp and witty, and even more importantly it's funny, especially towards the end with the bulldog and the mouse. The sight gags are every bit as entertaining, the physical comedy between Sylvester and Hippety is standard but with enough sharp timing and invention to amuse at least (and it certainly does do that here and more), the ending is a little random but pretty hilarious. The story is atmospherically sombre to begin with, but changes tone with ease to fast-paced lunacy, it's formulaic but also is a lot of fun, is strongly paced and the chemistry between the four characters whether in pairs, threes or all of them charms and entertains with no mean-spiritedness at all. Hippety's antics are somewhat limited and predictable for a baby kangaroo mistaken for a big mouse but the physical comedy is well-animated and is thankfully more entertaining than it is tiresome, the character himself is amusing and cute. Sylvester is the funnier and more interesting character, and both traits come through very well here, and he's also appropriately cunning, but it's the bulldog and his inspired dialogue that steals the show from under both, the best comedy also comes from him. Mel Blanc does a stellar job as always providing the voices of all the characters but silent Hippety.

Overall, well-made, entertaining and well-engineered early Sylvester and Hippety Hopper cartoon. 7.5/10 Bethany Cox


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