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As a young man endures nightmares of being drafted into the US Army, an Army pixie invades his dreams to explain the realities of army life and the recruitment incentives available.

Director:

Chuck Jones

Writer:

Chuck Jones

Star:

Daws Butler
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Daws Butler ... Ralph Phillips / Willie N. List / Barber / Guy With Wild Hair / Sergeant / Dog (voice)
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Asleep in a drafty bedroom, young Ralph Phillips dreams of his future. He envisions becoming an astronaut, becoming a millionaire, and touring the world. But a large, black shadow, representing military service, looms over this dream of adulthood. To counter this bleak figure, a pixie-like army man, Willie N. List, enters Ralph's dream to depict military life in a favorable way. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1957 (USA) See more »

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U.S. Army,Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Connections

References Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
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Written by Effie I. Canning
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Another winner from Chuck Jones (and the Army)
5 November 2016 | by guyburnsSee all my reviews

Chuck Jones did three cartoons featuring the adventurous Ralph Phillips. In "From A to ZZZ" and "Boyhood Days", Ralph is a boy. In this Army-commissioned cartoon, Ralph is of military age and is having nightmares about the call from Uncle Sam – until Willie N. List turns up with his Anti-Nightmare Machine (from ACME corporation, of course), and calms Ralph's fears.

At this stage of Chuck Jones' career, cartooning must have come easy. It is surprisingly good. The Army must has given Jones virtually free rein, because it comes across as informative and fun. It's a cartoon first, an Army recruitment exercise second.

The creative additions add considerably to this cartoon: the dog that must be kept asleep with "Rock-a-bye doggie, in the tree top"; the send-up of Army stereotypes (the sadistic sergeant, KP duty, uniforms that don't fit).

Yes, it's an Army recruitment exercise, but it's more than just that. It's a good cartoon that entertains its audience.


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