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Christopher Crumpet's Playmate (1955)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Short, Comedy  |  8 September 1955 (USA)
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Christopher Crumpet has an imaginary elephant for a playmate. Christopher's father begins to see the elephant. Mr. Crumpet reveals this to his co-worker, Mr. Bilgewater, who quickly plays ... See full summary »

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Christopher Crumpet has an imaginary elephant for a playmate. Christopher's father begins to see the elephant. Mr. Crumpet reveals this to his co-worker, Mr. Bilgewater, who quickly plays office politics by telling their boss that Mr. Crumpet is crazy. The boss has recently awarded Crumpet a junior partnership, which Bilgewater thought he had deserved. The boss visits the Crumpet home, and finds that Crumper does indeed see his son's imaginary playmate. But instead of taking the junior partnership away from Crumpet, he makes him a full partner. The boss himself has an imaginary hyena. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Included in the 3-disc DVD set "UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection," released 15 March 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. See more »

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It's Hard to Ignore an Imaginary Elephant
1 August 2015 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I am not a fan of the limited animation style of UPA cartoons. Although the visuals are frequently designed in an imaginative fashion -- as is this one -- with few exceptions these were not choices made by considering what would serve the subject, but by first considering what they could do with the budget. The result, as with this one, frequently qualifies as radio with pictures.

Happily, it's very good radio with pictures. Director Cannon starts with a fine script in which Christopher's parents indulge hi. In his imaginary pet, riding about on the elephant he has conjured up and helping him wash the beast. However, the visuals, while certainly interesting and appropriate, are ugly. If this were not One of UPA's house styles, I might think it more interesting. As it is, it comes across as cheap.


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