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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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Needed more work on the script but shows flashes of genius, especially in McKimson's animation See more (6 total) »


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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)
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[last lines]
[Prof. Calculus throws a portable hole on the floor, which causes his wife to fall down straight to hell; the devil comes out carrying her out of hell]
The Devil:Isn't it bad enough down there without her?
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Needed more work on the script but shows flashes of genius, especially in McKimson's animation, 22 April 2009
Author: ( from Lincoln, England

Robert McKimson's 'The Hole Idea' was the director's "auteur" cartoon, which he not only directed but animated himself. McKimson was deeply proud of the cartoon and the result is often quite impressive although it is a tad too unfocused to stand among McKimson's best work. Presented in a stylised fashion, 'The Hole Idea' is based on a clever idea by Sid Marcus in which a hen-pecked inventor invents a portable hole, which is then stolen and used for evil by an anonymous villain. There's flashes of greatness in Marcus's script but it pulls in too many directions, attempting to weave in elements of the domestic cartoons that were popular in the 50s and 60s, which ultimately prove the weakest parts of the short. However, McKimson's witty animation redeems any shortcomings in the material and 'The Hole Idea' is often ingenious in its visuals. McKimson was often underrated as a director but was widely celebrated as an animator and it is the latter skill which is predominant in 'The Hole Idea'. One wonders how much greater it might have been with a little extra script work.

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