The Mouse That Jack Built (1959)

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A mouse version of The Jack Benny Program (1950).


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3 November 2008 | phantom_tollbooth
Seems weaker than 'The Honey Mousers' but I'm really unqualified to make that statement!
As a British viewer, Robert Mckimson's 'The Mouse That Jack Built' goes completely over my head. Jack Benny was never a big celebrity in the UK and I have never been exposed to any of his work. Unlike McKimson's earlier TV parody 'The Honey Mousers', 'The Mouse That Jack Built' relies heavily on the audience being familiar with the source material. Since I am not even slightly aware of Benny's work, 'The Mouse That Jack Built' is completely bewildering to me. I have to say that even without any knowledge of what is being parodied, 'The Mouse That Jack Built' seems significantly weaker that 'The Honey Mousers', relying on constant references and celebrity voiceovers rather than any real plot. The ending, in which Benny makes a live action cameo, looks especially unfunny. But I hold my hands up and admit I could be wrong. There's simply no way to tell and, from my standpoint of total ignorance, I don't think I should even really rate this cartoon that was intended for a different audience entirely.

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4 April 1959



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