One Cab's Family

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One Cab's Family is a 1952 Metro Goldwyn Mayer cartoon short directed by Tex Avery about the arrival of a yellow taxi cab "child". This is comparable to the 1953 cartoon, Little Johnny Jet. The title is a play on the radio soap opera program One Man's Family.


A yellow taxi father, John (voiced by Daws Butler), awaits the arrival of his new son, who looks just like him. Within his first few months, he is fed, changed, learns to "walk", gets his first "tooth" (a spark plug), etc.

When his mother, Mary (voiced by June Foray), a blue cab, mentions to him that he's going to grow up to be a taxi cab like his father, he shakes his head, then turns on the television to show an auto race, meaning he wants to be a racing car. This gets him sent to his room, where he basically goes about converting himself into a hot rod convertible. He comes out and zooms around the room, stopping in front of John, who, in disgust, checks out everything on him, then spanks him (by opening his trunk, exposing his bare buttocks) and sends him back to his room, demanding he go back to his taxi persona.

Instead, he sneaks out of his window, fuels up with high octane gas, then goes zooming all around town, spooking everything in his way. John chases after him, but can't seem to catch him, however, he gets his second wind when he sees Junior racing alongside a train, playing chicken with it. After another chase, John runs out of gas, right on the railroad track. Junior goes back to save his father but ends up run over by the train himself.

Later, Junior has been sent to a garage to be fixed to John's sadness. A doctor (repair man) tells him Junior will survive. John thanks his son for saving him. When the doctor asks John to have either the taxi cab or hot rod converted on Junior, John suggests letting him decide. Junior comes out of the garage as a taxi cab which makes John happy as they drive off. It turns out to be a compromising decision, however, as Junior shows he still has the hot rod motor and exhaust pipes.

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