UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection

by jimjo1216 | created - 12 Jul 2014 | updated - 12 Jul 2014 | Public

Contents of the DVD set from the TCM Vault Collection.

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1. Robin Hoodlum (1948)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short

A slight role reversal for the Fox and Crow in this one, as the Crow was usually the smart one who ended up with the winning hand. Fox is Robin Hoodlum and the Crow is the Sheriff pursuing ... See full summary »

Director: John Hubley | Star: John T. Smith

Votes: 99

2. The Magic Fluke (1949)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

UPA had just taken over the cartoon production for Columbia and their influence shows vividly on this Fox-and-Crow entry that lets the slapstick be a result of a 'human-nature' story. The ... See full summary »

Director: John Hubley | Star: John T. Smith

Votes: 90

3. Ragtime Bear (1949)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Family, Short

At the Hodge Podge Lodge, a crotchety, near-sighted Mister Magoo takes a banjo-playing bear to be his nephew, Waldo.

Director: John Hubley | Stars: Jim Backus, Jerry Hausner

Votes: 131

4. Punchy de Leon (1950)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short

The Fox and the Crow compete to bring the king of Spain a jug filled at the mystical Fountain of Youth.

Director: John Hubley | Star: Daws Butler

Votes: 41

5. The Miner's Daughter (1950)

Approved | Animation, Short

Mining for gold with her father, Clementine is smitten with a snobby Harvard boy who comes prospecting across the river.

Directors: Robert Cannon, John Hubley | Star: Jim Backus

Votes: 24

6. Giddyap (1950)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short

Always beaten to the punch by their modernized competition, an ice man and his daughter discover that their horse Jack is a talented dancer with a past career in showbiz.

Director: Art Babbitt

Votes: 21

7. The Popcorn Story (1950)

Animation, Short

The people of Blunder City, Nebraska, gather to honor Wilbur Shucks, the shoeshine boy who first discovered popcorn.

Directors: Art Babbitt, John Hubley | Star: Jim Backus

Votes: 24

8. The Family Circus (1951)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Family

Five-year-old Patsy has competition for her father's attention from the family's new baby daughter. Her attempts to win her father's praise receive instead a rebuke. The father slips on a ... See full summary »

Director: Art Babbitt

Votes: 21

9. Gerald McBoing-Boing (1950)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The story of a little boy who would only talk in sound effects. With story by Dr. Seuss (and Bill Scott of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame) this cartoon won the Oscar for best short subject (animated) for 1950.

Director: Robert Cannon | Star: Marvin Miller

Votes: 1,556

10. Georgie and the Dragon (1951)

Animation, Short

Georgie, a young Scottish lad, befriends a baby dragon and takes it home as a pet and companion. Complications arise, however, when the dragon begins growing rapidly.

Director: Robert Cannon

Votes: 24

11. The Wonder Gloves (1951)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Family

Uncle George is showing Little Johnny, his nephew, the pair of boxing gloves he claims enabled him, when he was the janitor at a training-gym, to beat up the bullying prizefighting champion... See full summary »

Director: Robert Cannon

Votes: 19

12. The Oompahs (1952)

Animation, Short

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Director: Robert Cannon | Star: Marvin Miller

Votes: 20

13. Rooty Toot Toot (1951)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Musical

The story of Frankie and Johnny: Frankie walks into a bar, where she catches her boyfriend Johnny with the sensuous Nelly Bly and kills him in a fit of jealousy. The story is told in song, ... See full summary »

Director: John Hubley | Stars: Thurl Ravenscroft, Annette Warren

Votes: 709

14. Willie the Kid (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Little Willie's large imagination turns his family-home in the suburbs into the old Wild WEst when he puts on his cowboy suit, guns, holsters and hat, and goes out to play with his friend ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Cannon

Votes: 26

15. Pete Hothead (1952)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

This UPA cartoon introduces a new character, Pete Hothead, a feisty little man with a violent temper. Pete Hothead was featured in only one other cartoon. In this one he receives a parrot ... See full summary »

Director: Pete Burness | Stars: Jerry Hausner, Jim Backus, Marian Richman, Bill Scott

Votes: 21

16. Madeline (1952)

7 min | Animation, Short, Family

In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.

Director: Robert Cannon | Star: Gladys Holland

Votes: 114

17. Little Boy with a Big Horn (1953)

7 min | Animation, Short

Ollie loves to play the tuba but his playing upsets all the people in town. He goes to the country and disrupts the milking habits of the cows. He finally takes a boat and practices at sea ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Cannon | Stars: John T. Smith, Marian Richman

Votes: 20

19. Christopher Crumpet (1953)

6 min | Animation, Short

Through drawings, an illustrator tells his dog the story of a boy named Christopher Crumpet. Christopher can at will change himself from a little boy into a chicken. He threatens to do so ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Cannon | Stars: Marvin Miller, Marian Richman

Votes: 117

20. Gerald McBoing-Boing's Symphony (1953)

8 min | Animation, Short

Gerald McBoing Boing, a little boy who can't talk but can imitate any sound, is working as a one-man sound effects department for a radio station. When a scheduled symphony orchestra does ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Cannon | Star: Marvin Miller

Votes: 88

21. The Unicorn in the Garden (1953)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A henpecked husband sees a unicorn outside his window--or does he?

Director: William T. Hurtz

Votes: 647

22. The Tell-Tale Heart (I) (1953)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Short, Crime

A madman tells his tale of murder, and how a strange beating sound haunted him afterward.

Director: Ted Parmelee | Star: James Mason

Votes: 1,592

23. Bringing Up Mother (1954)

7 min | Animation, Short

John Smith is a fugitive on the run, all because of the suppressive childhood inflicted on him by his mother. When he was two years old she had tricked him into exchanging his crib for a ... See full summary »

Director: William T. Hurtz

Votes: 12

24. Ballet-Oop (1954)

7 min | Animation, Short

Dance teacher Miss Placement is dismayed to learn that the head of the School of Ballet where she teaches has entered her beginners class in a contest just three weeks away. But she manages... See full summary »

Director: Robert Cannon | Stars: Marvin Miller, Marian Richman

Votes: 23

25. The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1954)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Sort of a cartoon version of "All About Eve" or people-using-people themes. It opens with a man singing the title song, accompanied by a pianist, a trumpeter and a trombonist. A flashback ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Parmelee

Votes: 16

26. Fudget's Budget (1954)

Approved | 5 min | Animation, Short

The Fudgets are like many families. George Fudget is the household breadwinner. His wife Irene takes his money, pays the bills, puts the remainder into their savings account, and sometimes ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Cannon | Star: Marvin Miller

Votes: 60

27. How Now Boing Boing (1954)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Gerald is taken to see Professor Joyce, Teacher of Voice.

Director: Robert Cannon | Star: Marvin Miller

Votes: 142

28. Spare the Child (1954)

Animation, Short

A boy becomes the head of his household by changing sizes with his father.

Director: Abe Liss

Votes: 10

29. Four Wheels, No Brakes (1954)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short

Pete Hothead decides to buy a new car to replace his old beat-up jalopy. Meanwhile, his wife has won a new car on a television quiz show that is the same make and model as the car Pete ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Parmelee | Stars: Jerry Hausner, Jim Backus, Marian Richman

Votes: 15

30. Baby Boogie (1955)

Approved | Animation, Short

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Director: Paul Julian | Star: Anne Whitfield

Votes: 14

31. Christopher Crumpet's Playmate (1955)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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 »

Director: Robert Cannon | Stars: Marvin Miller, Marian Richman

Votes: 26

32. The Rise of Duton Lang (1955)

Approved | Animation, Short

Professor Duton Lang is an obese scientist who has made many great discoveries. When he finally weights 497 pounds he develops a compound which permits him to eat as much as he wants and ... See full summary »

Director: Osmond Evans | Star: Marvin Miller

Votes: 23

33. Gerald McBoing! Boing! on Planet Moo (1956)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

While meeting a new friend, Gerald is abducted by aliens and whisked to the planet Moo. The king of Moo mistakenly thinks that all Earthlings - like Gerald - speak only in sound effects, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Cannon | Star: Marvin Miller

Votes: 211

34. The Jaywalker (1956)

7 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Robert Cannon | Star: Eugene Bollay

Votes: 55

35. Trees and Jamaica Daddy (1957)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Music

"Trees and Jamaica Daddy" was the first of a UPA series (short-lived) that featured two different subjects (plot, characters)running about 3.5 minutes each, on a seven-minute reel. The ... See full summary »

Directors: Fred Crippen, Lew Keller

Votes: 47

36. Sailing and Village Band (1958)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The second of UPA's split-reel cartoons in which there were two unrelated segments---one with Hattie and one with Ham---of 3.5 minutes each. The first one---Sailing" has young Hattie ... See full summary »

Directors: Fred Crippen, Lew Keller

Votes: 9

37. Spring and Saganaki (1958)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Music

The first-half story of this two-story cartoon finds "Hattie" greeting the coming of "Spring" with an earful of music and an eyeful of romance between her two dolls; the second one has ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Keller

Votes: 12

38. Picnics Are Fun and Dino's Serenade (1959)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Music

A "Ham & Hattie" cartoon which means two different cartoons splitting the seven minutes of running time. "Picnics are Fun" finds Hattie taking her two dolls for a picnic in the 'Country"---... See full summary »

Directors: Fred Crippen, Lew Keller | Star: Harold Peary

Votes: 11



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