Hook (or Mr. Hook)

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Character developed by ex-animator and future creator of Dennis the Menace Hank Ketcham during World War II. While the first film in the series was a nine-minute cartoon produced in color at the Walter Lantz studio, entitled Take Heed, Mr. Tojo, later films were produced at Warners, as Ketcham notes in his autobiography. Solomon reproduces a model sheet from early 1944 which bears the notation “Leon Schlesinger Productions” showing Hook.

    Unlike his army counterpart Private Snafu, Hook seems to have been treated rather more gently. The films, at least the surviving ones, are largely war bond commercials. Arthur Lake, who played Dagwood Bumstead in the Blondie series on radio and film, provided his voice.

    Some films starring Hook have recently been located in the garage of a film technician who worked on the series, and it is hoped that this series will get the same kind attention that Private Snafu has received.

    This series features some of the last Warner Brothers work of Bob Clampett, as well as the first directorial work of Bob McKimson (incidentally, also McKimson’s only work in black-and-white).

    Hook filmography:

        Take Heed, Mr. Tojo (Ketcham, Lantz, 1943?)
        The Good Egg (Jones)
        The Return of Mr. Hook (McKimson?)
        Tokyo Woes (Clampett)


    While production dates remain uncertain at writing, these films were probably produced in 1945 and released between 1945 and 1946.

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