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16 October 1954 (USA) See more »
In his first of two Warner Bros. cartoons, schoolboy Ralph Phillips daydreams in class, the lessons inspiring his fantasy heroics, such as being a pony-express rider, a deep-sea diver, a boxing champion and even General Douglas MacArthur. | Add synopsis »
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Mel Blanc ... Numbers / Indians / Sailors / Shark (voice)
Dick Beals ... Ralph Phillips (voice) (uncredited)

Bea Benaderet ... Teacher (voice) (uncredited)
Norman Nesbitt ... Captain - Sailors (voice) (uncredited)
Marian Richman ... Various (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Chuck Jones  (as Charles M. Jones)
Writing credits
Michael Maltese (story)

Produced by
Edward Selzer .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Carl W. Stalling (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Animation Department
Philip DeGuard .... background artist
Ken Harris .... animator
Maurice Noble .... layout artist
Lloyd Vaughan .... animator
Ben Washam .... animator
Music Department
Carl W. Stalling .... musical director (as Carl Stalling)
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

7 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The addition equation on the chalkboard, that Ralph Phillips' imaginary character attacked, has 18 numbers to add, from top to bottom, they are 575 + 4 + 547 + 62 + 137 + 91 + 8 + 267 + 64 + 78 + 912 + 853 + 7 + 16 + 17 + 781 + 622 + 4. And their total is 5,045.See more »
[first lines]
Class:Two and two is four. Four and four is eight. Eight and eight is sixteen. Sixteen and sixteen is thirty two. Thirty two and thirty two are sixty four.
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Movie Connections:
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
simply wonderful, 14 June 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is an adorable cartoon featuring Ralph Phillips--the child who is perpetually daydreaming. There were two such cartoons in all, but this is the first and the best. I have noticed as I review Warner Brothers cartoons that my favorites all are ones that do not star the traditional favorites, like Bugs and Daffy, but lesser characters such as Ralph, Bertie and Hubie, Mark Anthony the dog, etc.

Ralph is an adorable kid who spends his school day imagining he is a hero in a wide variety of day dreams. Through the course of the day, he imagines he's a skin diver battling sharks, a boxer and ultimately General MacArthur! The dreams are cute and very endearing. About the only negative is that all the Ralph Phillips cartoons are animated in a sketchier style with stylized backgrounds--not exactly the best quality Warners had to offer.

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