A scientist invents the portable hole, only to have a thief steal his samples to go on a crime spree.



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Complete credited cast:
Prof. Calvin Q. Calculus / Newspaper Man / Baby / Scientists / News Reporter / Devil (voice)


Meek, little inventor Calvin Q. Calculus defies the ranting of his battle-ax wife and invents a portable hole, which will revolutionize dog bone storage, rescue of babies from safes, and golfer putts. But a thief steals Calculus' supply of portable holes and uses them to go on a crime spree. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Release Date:

16 April 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rupa za poneti  »

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Calvin Q. Calculus: I invented the portable hole for the good of humanity. But let us all hope it will never be used for evil purposes.
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Referenced in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) See more »


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Music by H.R. Bishop
Played when wife asks husband to help
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Very clever, well-animated and funny
2 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Hole Idea is not one of Robert McKimson's best, the writing occasionally does try to go in too many directions, but it is still a very good cartoon with a clever if ever so slightly silly idea. The animation quality itself is detailed and colourful and the very best of the visual ideas are eye-catching. The music has much liveliness and character, the way it's composed fits perfectly with the gags, the facial expressions, gestures and how the characters are feeling. Apart from when it does try to do too much, the writing is still high in wit and energy, while the gags- the ending in particular is great- are as clever and imaginative as the idea, which is explored intelligently and to its full potential complete with snappy pacing and colourful characters. There are a few strands that are familiar(husband forgetting their anniversary to the annoyance of his wife) but dealt with in a fresh way. The voice acting from Bea Beanderet and especially Mel Blanc is wonderful. Overall, while McKimson has done better The Hole Idea is nonetheless very enjoyable, being clever in humour and animation. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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