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Judo Jack (1958) Season 1 Episode 2- PDJ-02- Pixie and Dixie Cartoon Episode Guide Judo Jack

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>Hanna-Barbera Studios
  • Hanna-Barbera Studios
  • Animated Characters: Pixie, Dixie, Mr. Jinks, Judo Jack.
  • First Aired in 1958.
  • Episode Number: 2.
    Prod Code: PDJ-02
  • Running Time: 7 minutes.
  • Season: 1
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Cartoon Production Information:


This was a segment on "The Huckleberry Hound Show."

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

Commentary:


Plot: Tired of being bashed on the head with a skillet by Mr. Jinx, Pixie and Dixie hire Judo Jack (Daws Butler) to teach them how to beat up the cat. Jack does so with one demonstration and some disguises.

Sure, this isn't "You're a Sap, Mr. Jap" or "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips" but just the idea of a racial stereotype would stop this from being made today. Judo Jack is made up of stock speech and physical traits assigned to Japanese in cartoons of that era and before. There's even a quick gag where Jinx imitates J.J. and takes on his facial characteristics, complete with the mandatory glasses (below right).

Judo Jack


The animation was by Ken Muse, the layout by Bick Bickenbach, and backgrounds by Frank Tipper. At least, they might have been by Tipper, who spent some time as an animator at the Lantz studio on either side of 1940. Seems to me John K.'s blog has an interview with Art Lozzi who doesn't remember Tipper doing backgrounds at H-B.

Regardless, that's a great colour scheme in the background below left, and the interior is filled with fun, off-kilter rectangles. I wish had the patience to paste together a pan of the whole thing. Below right, you'll see Muse channelling Tex Avery.

Judo Jack


There's an interesting bit of animation early on where Pixie does a sideways stomp out of his hole. Somebody .. I think it was Jinx .. used the same stomp in another cartoon. This wouldn't be the only walk cycle to be given to another character; in one Pixie and Dixie cartoon, Jinx has the same laconic shuffle Huck used in a few cartoons.

The music is pretty standard issue for an early Pixie and Dixie. It's almost all Bill Loose, with the mandatory Toboggan Run tossed in for a chase scene (actually, not all P&Ds used that piece of music; it just seems like it). I'm making an educated guess about the tick-tock/pop goes the weasel music being Spencer Moore; I'll post a correction if I hear otherwise. The same piece of music is used at the end of the creepy Warner Brothers cartoon Gopher Broke when the psychiatrist flies out the window.

0:00 - Pixie and Dixie opening theme (Barbera-Hanna-Curtin)
0:27 - TC201 PIXIE COMEDY (Loose/Seely) Dixie, then Pixie, whapped by Jinx's frying pan; look in Yellow Pages.
1:42 - TC202 WISTFUL COMEDY (Loose/Seely) Dixie calls Judo Jack; Jack flips Jinx.
3:03 - TC303 ZANY COMEDY (Loose-Seely) Jack does it again; Jack gives lessons to Pixie & Dixie.
4:23 - TC300 ECCENTRIC COMEDY (Loose-Seely) Dixie can't flip Jinx.
4:40 - 7-F-12 TOBOGGAN RUN (Jack Shaindlin) Jinx chases P&D into hole; Jack bashes Jinx again.
5:20 - TC300 ECCENTRIC COMEDY (Loose-Seely) Jinx sleeps; Jack pulls Jinx under door.
6:30 - TC303 ZANY COMEDY (Loose-Seely) Jinx reaches in mouse hole.
6:45 - 11-L-992 ANIMATION-CHILDREN (Spencer Moore). Dixie comes out of hole disguised as Judo Jack.
6:57 - PIXIE AND DIXIE THEME (Curtin). Jinx runs away, Meeces laugh. Iris out.
7:11 - Pixie and Dixie closing theme (Curtin)



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