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Rocket-bye Baby (1956)

A cosmic mix-up results in a Martian baby being delivered to Earth, while an Earth baby is sent to Mars. Joseph Wilbur and his wife try to raise the green-skinned, ingenious Martian tyke as... See full summary »

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... Narrator / Joe Wilbur / Capt. Schmideo / Lecturer (voice) (uncredited)
... Hospital P.A. / Martha Wilbur / Old Lady (voice) (uncredited)
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A cosmic mix-up results in a Martian baby being delivered to Earth, while an Earth baby is sent to Mars. Joseph Wilbur and his wife try to raise the green-skinned, ingenious Martian tyke as if he were an Earthling. But the kid builds his own spaceship and flies away, and Wilbur must find him and bring him back, or he'll never be able to make an exchange with the Martian parents for his own boy. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Малыш из космоса  »

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The narrator begins, "This is the planet Mars. In the summer of 1954, this planet passed extremely close to the Earth." The unspecified date of the actual Martian perigee in that year was July 2. See more »

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Narrator: This is the planet Mars. In the summer of 1954, this planet passed extremly close to Earth, so close that a cosmic force was disturbed and a baby intended for Earth was delivered to Mars, while a Martian baby went by mistake to Earth.
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Spoofs Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949) See more »

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Music by Milton Ager
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strangely, no Mel Blanc
17 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Further playing off of the sci-fi craze of the '50s, the Looney Tunes' creators made "Rocket-bye Baby", in which Mars and Earth pass too close, causing a Martian baby to get sent to Earth while an Earth baby gets sent to Mars. When an Earth couple picks up the green, antennae-bearing infant, the husband wants to hide him from the world, while the wife doesn't mind the tyke. But when the extraterrestrial child starts getting excessively adept at science - he's probably the only baby who ever spelled out E=mc2 with building blocks - things really get wacky, especially since they receive a telegram from Mars informing them that their son has ended up there and they'd better not let anything bad happen to the Martian baby!

The truth is, the Chuck Jones-Michael Maltese crowd had plenty of stuff in popular culture to parody, and they play it to great effect here. One thing that I notice about this cartoon is that Mel Blanc doesn't do the voices; Daws Butler and June Foray (better known as the voice of Rocky the Squirrel) have that job here. But that doesn't diminish the quality. Every part of this cartoon has perfect timing, especially when the Martian baby builds his own flying saucer, flies around town, and befuddles a man who gives a speech explaining why there are no UFOs!

So it may not be the greatest Looney Tunes cartoon ever, but still worth seeing. And remember to check your baby when s/he is first born, just in case...


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