Happy 60th to “One Froggy Evening”!

Happy 60th anniversary to one of the best cartoon shorts ever made — One Froggy Evening. Written by Michael Maltese and directed by Chuck Jones, One Froggy Evening made its debut on December 31, 1955 as part of the Warner Brothers’ Merrie Melodies cartoon series.

The story (if you don’t know it already) follows a lowly construction worker who thinks he’s struck it big when he uncovers a singing frog (the first appearance of Michigan J Frog, although he was named after this short was released). The only hitch: the frog who can’t stop singing when they’re alone becomes inexplicably frog-like once others are watching. Called “the Citizen Kane of animated film” by Steven Spielberg, this classic is one of three Chuck Jones cartoons recognized by the National Film Registry (along with What’s Opera, Doc? and Duck Amuck).

 

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