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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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Very clever, well-animated and funny 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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)See more »


Which series is this from: Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies?
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Very clever, well-animated and funny, 2 June 2013
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

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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