Jumpin' Jupiter

Summary

Jumpin' Jupiter
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Story byMichael Maltese[1]
Produced byEdward Selzer
StarringMel Blanc
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byKen Harris
Abe Levitow
Richard Thompson
Keith Darling
Harry Love
(special animation effects)
Layouts byRobert Givens
Backgrounds byPhilip DeGuard
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
August 6, 1955
Running time
7:00
LanguageEnglish

Jumpin' Jupiter is a 1955 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones.[2] The short was released on August 6, 1955 and stars Porky Pig and Sylvester.[3]

It is the third and last of a series of horror-themed cartoons that starred the duo, with the other two being Scaredy Cat (1948) and Claws for Alarm (1954). They all had the running theme of Porky and Sylvester settling down for the night in a location that was dangerous, with Porky being oblivious and Sylvester being aware and trying to alert Porky, but only succeeding in annoying him.

This entry sees Porky and Sylvester camping in the desert and being abducted by an alien from Jupiter.

Plot

Porky and Sylvester are camping in the desert in the Superstition Mountains. As they prepare to settle down for the night, Sylvester (who is already frightened merely by the location) suddenly hears a howl that causes him to wrap himself around Porky for safety. Porky peels him off and points out that the sound was from a coyote howling at the Moon and forces the cat to sleep outside, while Porky himself sleeps in his tent.

Suddenly, a UFO carrying a tall, birdlike alien (later used as the design for the Instant Martians from Hare-Way to the Stars (1958)) from the planet Jupiter arrives on Earth, with his mission being to collect some "Animal Life" for an experiment. After sizing up the samples he finds (Sylvester and the tent with Porky inside), the alien manoeuvers his spacecraft to a position where it is able to bore through the ground and remove his specimens in one round slice, which is carried off on top of the UFO.

Once in space, but still within the pull of Earth's gravity, Porky wakes up extremely cold. He gets himself a blanket, remarking to himself as he passes the open tent flap, "Golly, the stars are so bright tonight you can almost touch them." In due course, the alien comes out to take a look at Sylvester, who is waking up. The alien clamps a 'hand' on the cat's head and turns it so they are looking right at each other. Naturally, Sylvester is terrified and races into the tent and into Porky's bed. After Porky drags him out of the bed, Sylvester wraps himself around his head. Porky demands to know "What's the matter with you, anyway?" Sylvester mimics the alien, which results in him being ridiculed and punted so far out of the tent that he nearly falls off the edge of the spacecraft. Scared out of his wits, Sylvester ends up in the alien's arms. Then, realizing where he is, he scrams back into Porky's tent and hides under the bed.

The alien is standing at the tent opening as Porky lectures Sylvester and the cat points this out. Porky, however, mistakes the alien for a Navajo Native American and tells him to go back in his 'wigwam', on the supposed pretense he and Sylvester will look at his 'beads and trinkets' in the morning. Confused, the alien goes back inside the UFO to get some pointers on his specimens from a book entitled Denizens of the Planet Earth and Their Behavior. The spacecraft then leaves Earth's gravity, so at this point everything begins floating. Porky, again waking up cold, gets up to have a drink of water, but notices nothing amiss. Sylvester realizes that they are floating in space and begins to pray. Shortly, they, their car, their campfire and two cacti land on an alien world. Porky wakes up declaring, "What a wonderful sleep."

Outside the tent, Porky comments on the "beautiful morning" and says to Sylvester, "Things sure look different after a good night's sleep, eh Sylvester?" He sees Earth in the sky, but fails to recognize it. ("Hey, that's a funny looking planet. I don't think I've ever seen that one before.") Porky suggests that they should easily make Albuquerque by that night, as he obliviously drives between two giant bird-like aliens who are observing him and Sylvester, who is cowering in the back of the car.

References

  1. ^ Beck, Jerry (1991). I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat: Fifty Years of Sylvester and Tweety. New York: Henry Holt and Co. p. 128. ISBN 0-8050-1644-9.
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 276. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  3. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 124–126. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.

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