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Hugo the Hippo (1975)

Hugó, a víziló (original title)
The Sultan of Zanzibar has a problem--his harbor is infested with sharks. To solve the problem, he brings in twelve hippos to keep the sharks away, and it works. But once the hippos are no ... See full summary »

Director:

Bill Feigenbaum

Writers:

Bill Feigenbaum (story development), Thomas Baum (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burl Ives ... Narrator (voice)
Robert Morley ... Sultan (voice)
Paul Lynde ... Aban-Khan (voice)
Jesse Emmett Jesse Emmett ... Royal Magician (voice)
Ronnie Cox Ronnie Cox ... Jorma (voice)
Percy Rodrigues ... Jorma's Father (voice)
Len Maxwell Len Maxwell ... Judge (voice)
Marie Osmond ... Vocalist
James A. Osmond ... Vocalist (as Jimmy Osmond)
Don Marshall ... Additional characters (voice)
Frank Welker ... Special Vocal Effects (voice)
Nancy Wible Nancy Wible ... Special Vocal Effects (voice)
Jerry Hausner ... Special Vocal Effects (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gábor Berkes Gábor Berkes ... Jorma (Hungarian version) (voice) (as Gabi Berkes)
Ferenc Bessenyei ... Narrator (Hungarian version) (voice)
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Storyline

The Sultan of Zanzibar has a problem--his harbor is infested with sharks. To solve the problem, he brings in twelve hippos to keep the sharks away, and it works. But once the hippos are no longer needed, they become a nuisance and are massacred by Aban Khan--all but one little hippo named Hugo. What will become of the last of the Zanzibar hippos? Written by TPK

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Color, creatures, music, sound like you've never seen or heard before. It's the wildest trip ever animated. It's a treat for the whole family. It's... PHANTASMAGORICAL! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hungary | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hugo the Hippo See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Zing Zong
Music and Lyrics by Bob Larimer (as Robert Larimer)
Performed by White Water
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Disturbing and violent crap...not recommended for kids
15 September 2004 | by shodan1234See all my reviews

When I was younger, I remember seeing this movie on TV and having nightmares about certain sequences, including the one in which all of the hippos were slaughtered. Was this film really intended for kids? It's weird how people complain about shows like "South Park" which are geared towards adults, yet consider something like "Hugo The Hippo" as family entertainment.

As for the main villain being voiced by Paul Lynde...I know the guy was gay in real life, but it's rather homophobic for such movies to portray their male villains as effeminate, conniving queers (e.g. Scar from Disney's "The Lion King" is another example).

And if that doesn't turn you off from watching it enough, the movie also features sappy and vomit-inducing musical numbers.

Do yourself a favor and avoid this piece of excrement at all costs.


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