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The Return of Mr. Hook (1945)

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Seaman Hook has big plans for after the war, mostly involving rushing home and marrying his sweetie. So do his fellow seaman, but theirs involve buying bonds.

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Seaman Hook has big plans for after the war, mostly involving rushing home and marrying his sweetie. So do his fellow seaman, but theirs involve buying bonds.

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The first cartoon to be directed by Robert McKimson. See more »

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Referenced in Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons (2000) See more »

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California, Here I Come
Music by Joseph Meyer
[Plays when the naval ship is shown.]
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Making Post-War Plans
12 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

This was my second look at "Mr. Hook" and since it had a similar theme as the first one I saw ("The Good Egg"), I obviously learned that this cartoon character was here mainly, if not solely, to promote the sale of war bonds during World War II. The U.S. Navy produced these 3-5-minute cartoons.

This one has the added talents of director Robert McKimson and the voice of Mel Blanc, adding to Arthur Lake's "Mr. Hook." You can tell because it looks pretty good and the voices are better than the other animated short I watched. Hank Ketcham, who gained fame with his "Dennis The Menace" comic strip, wrote the material here. Oddly, it isn't as funny you would think with this great talent behind it.

Mainly, Mr. Hook shows the audience, who saw this in the last year of The War, what practical things he can do when the war is over and he's a civilian again....such as finally getting out of his sailor's duds and dressing up with a new suit and hat so he can impress his girl "Choo Choo" and ask her to marry her. Then, money is needed for other incidental items, like a house, furniture, marriage, kids, etc..

Note: The cartoon ran three minutes and 50 seconds, not two minutes as stated here on the title page (not that it's important)..


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