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One Froggy Evening (1955)

A man futilely struggles to make his fortune with a frog that sings and dances, but only when it is alone with the owner.

Director:

Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
William Roberts ... Michigan J. Frog (singing voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A workman finds a singing frog in the cornerstone of an old building being demolished. But when he tries to cash in on his discovery, he finds the frog will sing only for him, and just croak for the talent agent and the audience in the theater he's spent his life savings on. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Certificate:

Approved

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der singende Frosch See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,285, 16 February 1998

Gross USA:

$14,753

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,753
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | DTS (1994 re-issue)| Dolby Digital (1994 re-issue)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The singing voice of the frog is provided by William Roberts, a popular Hollywood nightclub singer of the 1950s. Many sources erroneously credit Terence Monk with supplying the singing voice of the frog. This error appears to be rooted in an interview in which Chuck Jones identified him as such. However, he was not the baritone heard in the film. The confusion may have been caused by the fact that Jones did use Monck in "The Cat Above and the Mouse Below", where he sang "Largo al factotum" (from Rossini's "Il barbiere di Siviglia"/"The Barber of Seville"). See more »

Goofs

When the construction worker is imitating the frog in the talent agency, he's initially holding his hat, then throws his hands up in the air. When his hands come back down, his hat has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Michigan J. Frog: [singing] Everybody do the Michigan Rag / everybody likes the Michigan Rag / every Mame and Jane and Ruth / from Weehawken to Duluth / slide, ride, glide the Michigan / stomp, romp, pomp the Michigan / jump, clump, pump the Michigan Rag / that lovin' rag.
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Alternate Versions

In some TV airings, the scene in which the workman places the "Free Beer!" sign outside the theater to attract customers is deleted. See more »


Soundtracks

Largo al factotum
(uncredited)
from "The Barber of Seville"
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Lyrics by Cesare Sterbini
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User Reviews

 
Delightful cartoon highlights a singing frog...
25 March 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Anyone who's ever had a frog in his voice should enjoy this endearing cartoon from Chuck Jones. Not only is the frog beautifully animated when he goes into his song and dance routines, but the songs range from "Hello, Ma Baby" to an operatic aria from "The Barber of Seville." The simple story has an unusual premise. A man discovers a frog living inside the cornerstone of a building just demolished. The frog emerges in fine singing form, demonstrating that he's very much alive and can sing and dance. Immediately the man has dollar signs in his eyes and decides to make the rounds of agents willing to feature his singing frog as the main attraction.

Has to be one of the most original of all the Chuck Jones cartoons, fresh and funny as ever despite the crazy concept of a singing and dancing frog. (Or because of).

An absolute delight.


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