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The Slap-Hoppy Mouse
Slap hoppy mouse
Directed By: Robert McKimson
Produced By: Eddie Selzer
Released: September 1, 1956
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Ted Bonnicksen
Keith Darling
Russ Dyson
George Grandpré
Layouts: Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds: Richard H. Thomas
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Sylvester
Sylvester Junior
Hippety Hopper
Preceded By: Raw! Raw! Rooster!
Succeeded By: A Star Is Bored

The Slap-Hoppy Mouse is a 1956 Merrie Melodies short film directed by Robert McKimson. It stars Sylvester, his son Sylvester Jr. and Hippety Hopper.


Sylvester takes his son, Junior, on a mouse-hunting expedition in an old, broken-down, mouse-infested house near some railroad tracks. Baby kangaroo Hippety Hopper falls out of a passing train and turns up in the house. Sylvester and Junior, as usual, mistake him for a giant mouse, and Sylvester is obliged to fight the playful Hippety.


This is the first Merrie Melodies short to feature the 1956-1957 orange rings with green background at the beginning, even though it still uses the 1955-1956 green rings with red background at the end. The orange rings with green background can also be seen in the openings on numerous Blue Ribbon re-releases of shorts from 1949, but either with the 1946-1955 version of the Looney Tunes theme, or the 1945-1955 version of the Merrie Melodies theme.


On ABC, the sequence in which Sylvester repeatedly attempts to load a rifle "frontier-style" (and gets blasted) was cut.

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