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Too Hop to Handle (1956)

Sylvester Cat scoffs at his son's idea that a pipe like that of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" could lure mice into their home to catch. But when Junior tries it and Hippety Hopper, the baby ... See full summary »

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Sylvester Cat scoffs at his son's idea that a pipe like that of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" could lure mice into their home to catch. But when Junior tries it and Hippety Hopper, the baby kangaroo, comes along, Sylvester believes in the power of the pipe and that Hippety is a giant mouse. The usual hijinks ensue, with Sylvester landing at the bottom of a well. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Pied Piper of Kangaroos
22 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is probably the best of the standard Sylvester vs. Hoppity cartoons. Although I am no particular fan of this series, or, indeed, its director, Robert McKimson (a very competent cartoon director, but compared with his fellow Looney Tunes director, last among equals), the writing on this one is sharp, the gags are good, including the closing one, and the dialogue is funnier than usual.

McKimson, although a fine draftsman -- he did the style sheet for Bugs Bunny -- had begun to shift his cartoon direction towards a sketchier, UPA-style of visuals -- doubtless a largely financial choice as the costs of cartoon production continued to skyrocket while the money available remained flat and demand continued to decline in the face of television's competition.


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