Jasper, a young black boy, gets trapped inside a pawnshop at midnight. All the musical instruments come to life and play jazz, but a war-whooping, jazz-hating wooden Indian self-animates as well.





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Charlie Barnet ...
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Charlie Barnet's Orchestra ...
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This George Pal "Puppetoon" (production number U5-7) features the music of Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra and the voice of singer Peggy Lee. It takes place in a pawnshop where, when the clock strikes midnight, all of the hocked instruments in the shop come to life. Barnet and the band are featured on "Pompton Turnpike", Peggy Lee sings "Old Man Mose is Dead", and they get together on a rousing rendition of "Cherokee", while "Jasper" (a black-kid puppet character) dreams he is trapped by a totem pole. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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18 October 1946 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)


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Pompton Turnpike
Written by Will Osborne & Dick Rogers
Played by Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra
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Jasper's in a Jam is a most excellent musical George Pal Puppetoon
2 January 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Jasper's in a Jam is one of the most entertaining shorts from George Pal Puppetoons to feature a little black boy. Instead of the usual shanty that the Jasper shorts usually take place in, this one's setting is at a big-city apartment that has a pawn shop with various musical instruments. When Jasper finds himself trapped in this pawnshop, many of these instruments come to life. With music by Charlie Barnet and vocals by Peggy Lee, Jasper's in a Jam has some of the most coolest collage of melody and visuals from a doll-animated film. So it is with great enthusiasm that I recommend this short to any fan of Big Band music and to many George Pal completists, bar none!

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