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Christopher Crumpet (1953)

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Through drawings, an illustrator tells his dog the story of a boy named Christopher Crumpet. Christopher can at will change himself from a little boy into a chicken. He threatens to do so if his father, Marvin, won't buy him a rocket ship. Marvin doesn't want a chicken for a son, so he does whatever he can to appease Christopher. But time after time as Marvin fails to come through with the real new rocket ship that Christopher wants, Christopher turns himself into a chicken. Bilgewater, Marvin's co-worker, upon seeing Christopher change himself from a boy to a chicken, thinks he can take advantage of the situation. But Marvin does whatever he possibly can to thwart Bilgewater's plans if only because he wants a human boy as a son instead of a chicken. The illustrator has a specific reason for telling his dog Christopher's story. Written by Huggo

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A Potful of Fun! The funniest Cartoon Kid since 'Gerald McBoing-Boing'!


Animation | Short





Release Date:

25 June 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drengen og raketflyveren  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included in the 3-disc DVD set "UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection," released 15 March 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. See more »


Followed by Christopher Crumpet's Playmate (1955) See more »

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Strange but amusing
20 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Animated short starts off with a guy talking to his dog and drawing him a story about Christopher Crumpet. He's an energetic little kid who has a temper. When he doesn't get his way he turns into a chicken. (Hey--it's a cartoon). One day he makes it clear he wants a rocket ship. His dad says no--so he becomes a chicken. He refuses to change back into a boy and his dad is a nervous wreck on what to do. Nothing can persuade the kid to remain a kid. It leads to a very clever ending.

The animation itself isn't Disney. It's kind of messy actually but it fits the story. Also there are many funny visual jokes all throughout the short. Well worth catching. I have nothing more to say but we need ten lines to get a review published so...

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