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Jasper in a Jam (1946)

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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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Cast overview:
Charlie Barnet ...
Orchestra Leader
Charlie Barnet's Orchestra ...
Harp (voice)


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 <>

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18 October 1946 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)


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Featured in The Puppetoon Movie (1987) See more »


Written by Ray Noble
Played by Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra
Sung by Peggy Lee, and the Pupettoon characters
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A marvelous blend of stop-motion animation and jazz!

This short, incorporated into The Puppetoon Movie, features a regular character George Pal used for many shorts, Jasper. There is a wonderful incorporation of stop-motion animation and jazz music and Pal blends them beautifully in this cartoon. The Jasper shorts have almost vanished, probably because people are afraid to run the risk that they might offend someone. There is absolutely nothing in this cartoon in which anyone could reasonably take offense. Marvelously done and well worth the effort to find. Highly recommended.

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