Michigan J. Frog
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The wacky singing frog from Warner Brothers cartoons
Michigan J. Frog is a one-hit wonder of the Warner Brothers cartoon stable. His turn in the 1955 Warner cartoon One Froggy Evening (directed by Chuck Jones) later made him a beloved offbeat sub-star of the animation universe. In One Froggy Evening, Michigan J. Frog is a singing, dancing, tophat-wearing frog who confounds a construction worker who discovers the amphibian in a time capsule and tries to get rich off the discovery. (The cartoon was loosely based on Old Rip, a toad found in a time capsule in 1928). In the 1990s, the WB television network brought Michigan J. Frog back as the network's official mascot.
Michigan J. Frog’s signature song is “Hello, Ma Baby!”, a real old-time song written by Joseph Howard and Ida Emerson in 1899. The lyrics sung by Michigan J. Frog are:
“Hello my baby, hello my honey,
Hello my ragtime gal.
Send me a kiss by wire,
Baby my heart’s on fire.
If you refuse me, honey, you’ll lose me,
Then you’ll be left alone.
Oh baby, telephone
And tell me I’m your own.”
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