Jeepers Creepers (1939 animated film)

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Jeepers Creepers
Looney Tunes (Porky Pig) series
Directed by Robert Clampett
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Story by Ernest Gee
Voices by Mel Blanc
Pinto Colvig
Music by Carl W. Stalling
Animation by Vive Risto
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) September 23, 1939 (USA)
Color process Black and White
Running time 8 minutes
Language English

Jeepers Creepers is a 1939 Looney Tunes animated short starring Porky Pig. It was directed by Robert Clampett.

Plot[edit]

Porky is a police officer, who is in a police car that is named 6 7/8. He gets a call from his chief to go investigate goings-on at a haunted house. The house is haunted to the core, and the fun loving ghost plays a series of pranks on the unsuspecting pig. As Porky knocks on the door to enter the haunted house, the ghost does a lady voice "Come in." Porky enters, already frightened.

He enters again, the ghost places Frogs into a pair of shoes to look like a person walking, as Porky doesn't notice, the laces of the shoes get stuck to a coat hanger pole then rips off a curtain to make it look like a person with a cloak on. It immediately scares him and then the ghost scares him. Porky runs upstairs and lands in the ghost's arms with realizing, until that famous line comes as the ghost says it very goopy. "What the matter baby?".

Porky is finally scared out of the house, but he has the last laugh when his back-firing car leaves the ghost in blackface (and the ghost doing a Rochester imitation).

Cast[edit]

Edited versions[edit]

  • As with many Black and white produced Looney Tunes shorts, Jeepers Creepers has been colorized twice for television, redrawn in the 1960s and by computer in the early 1990s. When the short aired on TV, the actual editing of the ending (where the ghost, after getting exhaust smoke blown on him, is left in blackface commenting "My, oh my! Tattletale Gray!") has been done in different ways:
    • When it aired in syndication, the ending was altered to have the ghost in purple face so the blackface joke would be less offensive.
    • When shown on Nickelodeon, the cartoon ended via fake iris-out after the exhaust on Porky's car blew in the ghost's face.
    • When it aired on Fox as part of The Merrie Melodies Show, the cartoon ended via fake fade-out after Porky drove his car past the ghost.
    • When it aired on Cartoon Network (with the exception of the versions shown on Late Night Black & White and The Bob Clampett Show), the cartoon ended with a black-out as Porky's car blows exhaust in the ghost's face. The computer colorized version, when shown with the ghost's blackface, the ghost was left in Black and white.

Sources[edit]

Beck, Jerry; Will Friedwald (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. New York: Henry Holt & Company. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2. 

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