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Hugo the Hippo (1975)
"Hugó, a víziló" (original title)

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The Sultan of Zanzibar has a problem--his harbor is infested with sharks. To solve the problem, he brings in twelve hippos to keep the sharks away, and it works. But once the hippos are no ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Sultan (voice)
Aban-Khan (voice)
Jesse Emmett ...
Royal Magician (voice)
Jorma (voice) (as Ronnie Cox)
Percy Rodrigues ...
Jorma's Father (voice)
Len Maxwell ...
Judge (voice)
Jimmy Osmond ...
Don Marshall ...
Additional characters (voice)
Special Vocal Effects (voice)
Nancy Wible ...
Special Vocal Effects (voice)
Jerry Hausner ...
Special Vocal Effects (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gábor Berkes ...
Jorma (Hungarian version) (voice) (as Gabi Berkes)
Ferenc Bessenyei ...
Narrator (Hungarian version) (voice)


The Sultan of Zanzibar has a problem--his harbor is infested with sharks. To solve the problem, he brings in twelve hippos to keep the sharks away, and it works. But once the hippos are no longer needed, they become a nuisance and are massacred by Aban Khan--all but one little hippo named Hugo. What will become of the last of the Zanzibar hippos? Written by TPK

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It's a treat. It's a trip. It's the most unusual animal story ever animated. It's...A BIG FAT LOVEABLE MOVIE See more »


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January 1976 (USA)  »

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Hugo the Hippo  »

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Music and Lyrics by Bob Larimer (as Robert Larimer)
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Just Phantasmagorical!
6 May 2006 | by (Trinidad and Tobago) – See all my reviews

Hugo the Hippo is an excellent children's movie. I don't think I would have been able to spell hippopotamus without it. This movie has brought back some of my fondest childhood memories and I think it should be made available on DVD. In terms of content, it was a cartoon beyond its years, the storyline, the colours and the music. The sharks were humorous and quite memorable but the message even more, how easily we forget, discard and turn against people( in the movie that lovable hippo) once they are of no use to us. I hope that this movie makes a come back and is not lost for all eternity. It's just simply phantasmagorical!

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