Michigan J. Frog -
Warbling cartoon frog and mascot for the Warner Brothers cable network
(WB) launched January
11, 1995. Executives at Warner Brothers retired
their singing mascot in 2005 when they merged
their WB network with Paramount's UPN channel to
form the new CW channel.
Michigan J. Frog first appeared in the 1955
animated cartoon One Froggy Evening about a
disheveled construction worker who finds a box
in a cornerstone of a 1892 building that was
When he opens the box, out
pops a green frog that produces a top hat and
cane and begins to dance and sing "Hello My Baby"
at the top of his lungs.
Seeing the potential
for an instant fortune, the construction worker
takes the frog to the Acme Theatrical Agency but
the frog refuses to perform for anyone except
the construction worker.
Frustrated and driven
nearly mad at his inability to get the frog to
sing for anyone else, the construction worker returns the frog to the cornerstone
of a new building (only to be found by another
construction worker years later who also sees
dollar signs when the frog begins to sing).
Baritone Terrence Monck provided the frog's
Chuck Jones later named the frog Michigan J.
In 1973, film critic Jay Cocks proclaimed
that this animated short "comes as close as any
cartoon ever has to perfection."
songs in the frogs repertoire included:
Wild About Harry,"
"Come Back to Erin,"
Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone,"
- And an original tune written by Chuck
Jones and Michael Maltese called "The Michigan
Rag" which began "Ev-ry-bo-dy's doing the
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