Merrie Melodies
"One Froggy Evening"
Release date December 31, 1955
Directed by Chuck Jones
Produced by Eddie Selzer
Story by Michael Maltese
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"One Froggy Evening" is a Merrie Melodies short written by Michael Maltese and directed by Chuck Jones, notable as the first appearance of Michigan J. Frog (and also his only appearance in the "classic era" of Looney Tunes).


A mid-1950s construction worker involved in the demolition of the J. C. Wilber Building finds a box inside a cornerstone. He opens it to reveal a singing, dancing frog, complete with top hat and cane. The box also contains a commemorative document dated April 16, 1892. The man tries exploiting the frog's talents for money - but as it turns out, it will not perform in front of anyone else. It merely devolves into croaking. The man frantically tries to demonstrate the frog's abilities to the outside world—first by trying to get an agent to accept him, then by renting out a theater for it to perform in—all to no avail.

Eventually, the man becomes homeless—after spending all his money renting the theater—and is living on a park bench, where the frog still performs only for him. A policeman overhears this and approaches the man for disturbing the peace, but after the man points out the frog as having done the singing, he takes the man in. He is committed to a psychiatric hospital along with the frog, who continues serenading the hapless patient. Following his release, the haggard man spies a construction site and joyfully hides the box (with the singing frog again enclosed) in the cornerstone of the future "Tregoweth Brown Building". He then tiptoes away to freedom. The timeline then jumps to 2056 (100 years and at least one day after the cartoon's debut). The Brown Building is being demolished using futuristic ray guns, and the box with the frog is discovered yet again by a 21st-century demolition man, who gets visions of dollar signs, starting the process all over again....




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