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Bell Hoppy
Bellhoppy
Directed By: Robert McKimson
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: April 17, 1954
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Rod Scribner
Charles McKimson
Phil DeLara
Herman Cohen
Layouts: Robert Givens
Backgrounds: Richard H. Thomas
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Tedd Pierce (uncredited)
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Sylvester
Hippety Hopper
Loyal Order Grand Master
Preceded By: Design for Leaving
Succeeded By: No Parking Hare
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Bell Hoppy

Bell Hoppy is a Merrie Melodies cartoon staring Sylvester and Hippety Hopper, released on April 17th, 1954.

Summary

To become a member of the Loyal Order of Alley Cats Mouse and Chowder Club, Sylvester must put a bell on Hippety. Sylvester realizes that he must "resort to a little ch-ch-chicanery."

Plot

Sylvester has been "blackballed" out of membership to the Loyal Order of Alley Cats Mouse and Chowder Club again. To gain the long-coveted membership, the Grand Master offers to let the lisping puddy tat place a big bell around the neck of the largest mouse he can find, so the cats can pounce on the mouse when they hear the bell. Just as that's going on, Hippety Hopper escapes from a city zoo truck. It's not long before he encounters the hapless Sylvester. Each attempt to place the bell around Hippety's neck ends with Sylvester wearing the bell (and the cats unwittingly pounding Sylvester into submission). In the end, Sylvester finally does get the bell around Hippety's neck, but by the time the cats are ready to pounce on the baby kangaroo-mistaken-for-a-giant-mouse, Hippety has been recaptured. The oblivious cats end up jumping in front of the city zoo truck! With all of them out of commission, Sylvester now gets to serve as Loyal Order's Grand Master, only to "blackball" himself again, much to his chagrin.

Trivia

This cartoon's plot is essentially a role-reversal version of the age-old "belling the cat" fable; here as opposed to the mice avoiding themselves from becoming prey to cats, this time the cats hope to bell the biggest mouse they could ever find so that they could ambush, kill and eat its carcass for a more satisfying meal.

Home Video availability

Bell Hoppy is available with its original titles restored on Looney Tunes Super Stars' Sylvester and Hippety Hopper: Marsupial Mayhem DVD release.

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1960 West of the PesosGoldimouse and the Three CatsHyde and Go TweetMouse and GardenTrip For Tat
1961 Cannery WoeHoppy DazeBirds of a FatherD' Fightin' OnesThe Rebel Without ClawsThe Pied Piper of GuadalupeThe Last Hungry Cat
1962 Fish and SlipsMexican BoardersThe Jet Cage
1963 Mexican Cat DanceChili WeatherClaws In The Lease
1964 A Message to GraciasFreudy CatNuts and VoltsHawaiian Aye AyeRoad to Andalay
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around The HouseCats and BruisesThe Wild Chase
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