Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Feeding a Baby Cab

Just as The Flintstones transposed suburbia of the 1950s into the Stone Age, so Tex Avery transposed suburbia of the 1950s into how cars would live it in One Cab’s Family (1952).

It’s time for baby’s bottle. A human baby, of course, would get milk. Baby cab gets oil. Let the clich├ęs flow. Mom even tests the “milk” to see if it’s too hot.

This cartoon is also a tale of rebellion of the son against his father’s ways. How many ‘50s movies were made about that? The story climax in this one goes back further, and is ripped off from Friz Freleng’s 1937 cartoon Streamlined Greta Green.


  1. It's almost like a sequel to Friz's effort, because the conflict in the original was over Junior wanting to be a taxi instead of a touring car. Sixteen years later, Junior's all grown up and a taxi, but his son wants to be a hot rod. Thereby proving kids never listening to their parents is generational.

  2. It's a good thing the Jetsons didn't have to worry about hitting flying birds, hitting space junk, going through clouds of volcanic ash, etc. Otherwise they might be literally grounded and be called the CARsons.