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16 April 1955 (USA) See more »
A scientist invents the portable hole, only to have a thief steal his samples to go on a crime spree. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Mel Blanc ... Prof. Calvin Q. Calculus / Newspaper Man / Baby / Scientists / News Reporter / Devil (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bea Benaderet ... Gertrude - Henry's Wife (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert McKimson 
Writing credits
Sid Marcus (story)

Produced by
Edward Selzer .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Milt Franklyn (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Animation Department
Robert McKimson .... animator
Richard H. Thomas .... background artist
Richard H. Thomas .... layout artist
Music Department
Milt Franklyn .... musical director
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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7 min
Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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.See more »
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Which series is this from: Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies?
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Where can I buy one of those holes?!, 10 November 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I love how DVDs of classic Warner Brothers films include some nice extras. With many of the 1930s, 40s and 50s films I've seen from them, they include at least a couple short films from the same year as the feature film--usually a live action one and a cartoon. "The Hole Idea" is a cartoon from 1955 included with another 1955 release, "Pete Kelly's Blues".

This Looney Tunes cartoon does not include any of the stock characters but is about Professor Calculus--the inventor of the portable hole. In this bit of fantasy, you can pick up this hole and use it to hide things, improve your golf game or give you a place to hide when the nagging wife is running amok. Unfortunately, a sinister green-skinned baddie steals this hole and uses it to start a crime wave. The cartoon is quite clever--and quite creative. I especially loved the final scene!! I enjoyed "The Hole Idea" very much and my only reservation is that the art style is indicative of the changes in the cartoon industry at that time--employing cheaper animation (particularly the backgrounds). Still, it's a lot of fun.

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