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Little Johnny Jet (1953)

Approved | | Family, Short, Comedy | 18 April 1953 (USA)
Virtually identical in plot terms to 'One Cab's Family' (1952), but this time round it concerns a family of aeroplanes and the problems Mom and Pop have with Junior, whose obsession with ... See full summary »

Director:

Tex Avery

Writer:

Heck Allen (story)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

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June Foray ... Mary
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Storyline

Virtually identical in plot terms to 'One Cab's Family' (1952), but this time round it concerns a family of aeroplanes and the problems Mom and Pop have with Junior, whose obsession with speed leads him to acquire a jet engine... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny le petit jet See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Though intended strictly as a spoof of circa-1952 domesticity, the cartoon's theme of a B-29 competing against Mach 1-capable jets reflected a building debate within the US Air Force then and later over the utility of piston-engined aircraft in the age of jets. In real life the B-29 that tries to reenlist in the Air Force would not have been rejected; the Air Force assigned B-29s and similar piston-engined aircraft to missions such as tactical and counterinsurgency bombing, photo-reconnaissance, and search-and-rescue. See more »

Goofs

When John Sr flies & lands at the airfield he has four engines, two on each wing. When he hangs up his cockpit dome & props inside the hangar, he has only two engines. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mary: [seeing a depressed John land in the hangar] Any luck today, John?
John: No, Mary, same as yesterday. I went to every airport in town, and they just don't have any use for an old, burned-out B-29.
Mary: Nonsense.
[she and John kiss]
Mary: You can fly as well as any of those newfangled airplanes. Did you tell them of your wonderful war record?
[John looks at a portrait of himself as a proud, well-decorated war plane]
Mary: A hero of ninety missions over the Pacific?
John: Yeah. I even showed them my purple heart.
[...]
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Soundtracks

Flying Fleet
(uncredited)
Music by William Axt
[Plays over the title cards.]
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'One Cab's Family' with aeroplanes
9 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best he ever did. 'Little Johnny Jet' is not one of his best, animation limitations show in some of the backgrounds and it lacks the imagination and hilarity of his best work. It is nonetheless a very nicely done cartoon with a good deal to like, managing to make a story about an aeroplane family entertaining, endearing and full of human emotion which can't have been an easy thing to do but was achieved.

'Little Johnny Jet' for much of the length is very amusing, and perhaps funnier than 'One Cab's Family', and then without feeling disjointed has a more dramatic second half that has excitement and pathos.

The characters are very engaging and easy to like and the voice work is wonderful from Daws Butler.

Expectedly, Avery fares very strongly in the directing, even if other cartoons show off his unique wild and wacky style more.

Some limited backgrounds aside, the animation is colourful and expressive. The music is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms and fits very well indeed, a lot of the action is even enhanced by the music.

In summation, very nicely done but Avery is not at his best. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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