A cosmic mix-up results in a Martian baby being delivered to Earth, while an Earth baby is sent to Mars. Joseph Wilbur and his wife try to raise the green-skinned, ingenious Martian tyke as... See full summary »

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Narrator / Joe Wilbur / Capt. Schmideo / Lecturer (voice) (uncredited)
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A cosmic mix-up results in a Martian baby being delivered to Earth, while an Earth baby is sent to Mars. Joseph Wilbur and his wife try to raise the green-skinned, ingenious Martian tyke as if he were an Earthling. But the kid builds his own spaceship and flies away, and Wilbur must find him and bring him back, or he'll never be able to make an exchange with the Martian parents for his own boy. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Narrator: This is the planet Mars. In the summer of 1954, this planet passed extremly close to Earth, so close that a cosmic force was disturbed and a baby intended for Earth was delivered to Mars, while a Martian baby went by mistake to Earth.
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Spoofs Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949) See more »

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Rock-a-Bye Baby
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Caught between unfunny sitcom and self-conscious cartoon
22 April 2009 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Chuck Jones's 'Rocket-Bye Baby' is an example of the "domestic" cartoons of the late 50s and 60s but with a sci-fi twist. Beginning with the strange concept that a cosmic disturbance resulted in an Earth baby being delivered to Mars and vice versa, 'Rocket-Bye Baby' never really finds its feet. Sharing more in tone with campy sitcoms like 'Bewitched' than with the average Warner Bros. cartoon, 'Rocket-Bye Baby' follows the progress of the Martian baby and his bewildered parents. Jones makes a wise decision in opting for the highly stylised animation which reflects the strangeness of the plot but, while there's the odd amusing moment, 'Rocket-Bye Baby' is largely caught between unfunny sitcom and self-conscious cartoon. An interesting but not especially memorable short which hasn't quite worked out the logic of its own universe.


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