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The Hole Idea (1955)

A scientist invents the portable hole, only to have a thief steal his samples to go on a crime spree.

Director:

Robert McKimson

Writer:

Sid Marcus (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Prof. Calvin Q. Calculus / Newspaper Man / Baby / Scientists / News Reporter / Devil (voice)
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Storyline

Meek, little inventor Calvin Q. Calculus defies the ranting of his battle-ax wife and invents a portable hole, which will revolutionize dog bone storage, rescue of babies from safes, and golfer putts. But a thief steals Calculus' supply of portable holes and uses them to go on a crime spree. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rupa za poneti See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This cartoon was produced during the brief shutdown of Warner Bros.'s animation department in 1953. Since Robert McKimson had no crew at the time, he decided to animate the whole cartoon himself. McKimson considered this one of his best cartoons. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
[Prof. Calculus throws a portable hole on the floor, which causes his wife to fall down straight to hell; the devil comes out carrying her out of hell]
The Devil: Please! Isn't it bad enough down there without her?
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Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
(uncredited)
Music by Effie I. Canning
Plays when the baby is rescued from the safe
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Where can I buy one of those holes?!
10 November 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I love how DVDs of classic Warner Brothers films include some nice extras. With many of the 1930s, 40s and 50s films I've seen from them, they include at least a couple short films from the same year as the feature film--usually a live action one and a cartoon. "The Hole Idea" is a cartoon from 1955 included with another 1955 release, "Pete Kelly's Blues".

This Looney Tunes cartoon does not include any of the stock characters but is about Professor Calculus--the inventor of the portable hole. In this bit of fantasy, you can pick up this hole and use it to hide things, improve your golf game or give you a place to hide when the nagging wife is running amok. Unfortunately, a sinister green-skinned baddie steals this hole and uses it to start a crime wave. The cartoon is quite clever--and quite creative. I especially loved the final scene!! I enjoyed "The Hole Idea" very much and my only reservation is that the art style is indicative of the changes in the cartoon industry at that time--employing cheaper animation (particularly the backgrounds). Still, it's a lot of fun.


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