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While I am not the biggest fan overall of the Sylvester/Hippety Hopper
series, some of the cartoons are still good. Lighthouse Mouse is not
one of their best cartoons, and it was at this point where the series'
one-shot concept was starting to wear thin but it is still fun and
The weak point of the Sylvester/Hippety Hopper cartoons is nearly always the story, and it's no exception in Lighthouse Mouse. The cartoon does start off quite slowly and takes too long to set up, properly coming to life when Sylvester appears, and not much special or inventive is done with the concept of a baby kangaroo being mistaken for a giant mouse so it does feel a little stretched-thin and routine despite how well-made and fun it is. Sylvester's owner is a bland, roughly drawn and annoying character with a stereotypical and overdone-sounding accent, bringing very little different to the long line of owners that treat their pets badly in cartoons (pretty much the only thing that isn't so bad against him is that he isn't sadistically violent), while the mouse (apart from the beginning where do you feel sorry for him) is basically a plot device and does barely anything, to the extent that you sometimes forget that he's even there.
Lighthouse Mouse is animated well though, while it is not the best-looking cartoon in the series there is some lovely dark atmospheric colours as well as some vibrantly bright ones, detailed backgrounds and beautifully and smoothly drawn characters on the whole. Even better is the vibrant and character music score from Milt Franklyn, it fits wonderfully and does add a lot to the action, it's rousing in energy, orchestration is rich and beautiful and rhythmically it's very lively yet dynamic. Love Hippety's hopping theme, which fits so well with his characteristics. While the story isn't the best, it does pick up when Sylvester appears and maintains a lively pace without feeling too repetitive. Lighthouse Mouse is a funny cartoon too, without being one of the funniest of the series. The dialogue is very witty (especially the interplay between Sylvester and the parrot and Sylvester's final line) and the gags are well-timed and range from very amusing to very funny, especially the explosion and Hippety and Sylvester's fight inside the light (the bit before with Hippety and the mouse was also good).
What were even more fun were Sylvester's facial expressions which are priceless (McKimson sure knew how to animate and characterise facial expressions), especially his first sight of Hippety and after the explosion. The parrot doesn't have an awful lot to do but his interplay with Sylvester is still very funny, and while Hippety like the mouse is also a plot device he is cute and amusing and the physical comedy still looks great. Sylvester however steals the show, he has such great comic timing but he is also very easy to root for. Mel Blanc's voice work is excellent as always.
Overall, fun Sylvester and Hippety cartoon but not among the best or funniest of the series. 7/10 Bethany Cox
Fun Sylvester & Hippety Hopper short from Robert McKimson. In this
cartoon, Sylvester is the cat of a lighthouse keeper. When a mouse is
messing around with the lighthouse light, it causes a ship to crash
into the rocks and drop some crates overboard. Inside one of the crates
is Hippety Hopper. When Sylvester is tasked with catching the mouse
responsible for all the trouble, well...you know how this is going to
One of the more unique Hopper cartoons. Most were pretty similar, and this one does follow the patterns of the series, but the lighthouse setting mixes it up some. Also, I've always had a thing for lighthouses so this one has a little added appeal for me. The animation is beautiful with rich colors and well-drawn characters and backgrounds. The music and voice work are great. There are several very funny bits with Sylvester reacting to Hopper with disbelief ("It's stigmatism! That's what it is!"). All in all, it's a fun cartoon. I could do without the corny parrot but otherwise it's good.
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. . . but in this Warner Bros.' animated "Merrie Melodies" short, one of them is literally such a critter. The other is a marsupial named "Hippety Hopper," waging a personal campaign against the exploitation of zoo animals. Able to speak "rodent" (just as Harry Potter's fluent in the serpentine Parseltongue language), Master Hopper enlists a very dexterous mouse in his Cause, which employs the tactic of disabling lighthouses in shipping lanes as part of a strategy to eliminate the world's import\export business and keep all wild animals on their home continents (along with foreign oil, Swiss cheese, and Chinese handcuffs). Hands-off "mouser" Sylvester--who renounces his natural rodent-killing gifts in favor of cheap, man-made spring traps--doubles as Lighthouse Island's electrician. Though this entire quick flick lasts less than 393 seconds (well under seven minutes, even INCLUDING 42 seconds of opening and closing credits), Polly (the lighthouse keeper's parrot) counts off 70,843 ticks (which SHOULD take it more than 19 hours!), proving the adage, "Time flies when you're having fun."
I've long wondered why Sylvester has to suffer so in the Looney
Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons. Whatever the reason, he sure gets a
whipping in Robert McKimson's "Lighthouse Mouse", as a sleep-deprived
rodent and Hippety Hopper join forces to keep the light turned off. And
then the lighthouse owner gets on Sylvester's case. Go figure! Yes,
Sylvester always gets the short end of the stick, but these cartoons
always consist of good taste. Whether up against Tweety, Speedy
Gonzales or Hippety Hopper, Sylvester always provides his fair share of
laughs. I hope that Warner Bros. starts releasing Hippety Hopper's
cartoons on DVD sooner or later.
I guess that this cartoon also functions as a last look at lighthouses. With the sophisticated technology that ships now have, lighthouses have long since become obsolete.
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