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Michigan Jackson Frog is a minor character who has appeared on occasion in the Looney Tunes film-shorts, having debuted in "One Froggy Evening" in 1955, and has the most prominence as the mascot of The WB Network and its programming block Kids' WB! Ed Sullivan influenced the character, as told by Chuck Jones.

About Michigan[]

He is a frog with quite a talent for singing and/or dancing.

In "One Froggy Evening", a member of a wrecking crew finds a frog sealed in a box that he discovers in the cornerstone during an old building's demolition. To the man's amazement, the frog is capable of dancing vaudeville-style and singing classic songs of the 1890s in a baritone voice. Seeing the monetary potential of the frog, he tries to exploit it, but in every attempt to do so, it is incapable of performing for anyone other than its owner. Eventually, the construction worker becomes so utterly broken that he reburies the frog in a building that is under construction; it is dug up by another would-be moneymaker years later in 2056.

Initially created without a name, Jones named him "Enrico" in the bridging sequences of The Bugs Bunny Show in the 1960s. The character was later given the name "Michigan J. Frog" when "One Froggy Evening" was announced in the 1970s to be on the following week's episode of The Bugs Bunny Show. The name comes from "The Michigan Rag", a song written for the cartoon that the frog sings at one point. The middle initial was later added as a suggestion made to Charles Jones in an interview.

Despite having only appeared in only one classic-era cartoon, Michigan became a popular figure. His first new appearance was in the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Psychic Fun-Omenon Day". Here, he is a seemingly dead frog whom Hamton J. Pig is assigned to dissect. To Hamton's surprise, Michigan is very much alive, but just like in the frog's original appearance, the pig's classmates do not believe him when he tells them his frog was singing.

Michigan's next appearance, which came in the very next episode, "The Wide World of Elmyra", also marked his only appearance as a villain. He torments Tyrone Turtle as he tries to cross a busy freeway while trying to escape Elmyra Duff. In the end, Elmyra ends up capturing Michigan in the place of the turtle.

In 1995, Michigan went on to his most prominent role of the 1990s, in which he served as the mascot for The WB Television Network. That same year, he also starred in a newly-made sequel entitled "Another Froggy Evening". Here, Michigan is discovered by various people in history, all of them resembling the construction worker from his first film, and all of whom fail to exploit him for money. By the end of the cartoon, the last person to find him (a desert island castaway) decides instead to eat him, but Michigan is then beamed up onto Marvin the Martian's spaceship, where he agrees to sing for Marvin (according to Marvin, Michigan's croaking sounds are actually him speaking in Martian language).

Michigan also made background cameos in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Space Jam, and Looney Tunes Back in Action, and most recently, he appeared as a TV chef in the episode "Souffle, Girl Hey". Besides this, he has made frequent cameos in the Looney Tunes comic books, one of his most notable being the Superman & Bugs Bunny mini-series, where he performs only for Green Arrow, who is naturally unable to convince anyone else that he has a singing frog.

On 22 July 2005, Michigan's "death" was announced by WB Network Chairman Garth Ancier, at a fall season preview, with the terse statement "The frog is dead and buried." The head of programming for the WB Network, David Janollari, announced services will be held for Mr. Frog, but failed to give details. Janollari stated that "[Michigan] was a symbol that perpetuated the young teen feel of the network, [but] that's not the image we [now] want to put out to our audience." Various humorous obituaries for the mascot were published with details on Michigan's life and death. His dates were given as 31 December 1955 - 22 July 2005. Despite this decision by Ancier, Michigan J. Frog still appeared in some WB affiliate logos and in TV spots until the network shut down in September 2006. 

Filmography[]

The classic shorts:

Tiny Toon Adventures

Animaniacs!

The films:

The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries episodes:

Duck Dodgers episodes:

Wabbit/New Looney Tunes

Looney Tunes Cartoons

Tiny Toons Looniversity

Quotes[]

  • "Y'know, Shakespeare said, 'To be or not to be.' I say, 'Dubba dubba WB!'"
  • "Y'know when they asked me to to join the WB, I said 'Sure. What's the WB?'"
  • "Y'know when the FCC told us to rate ourselves, I said 'Sure.' How about a 40 share?"
  • "I'd like to extend a warm Warner welcome to the Tiny Toons. They're going to make this a great fall here at Kids' WB!"
  • "And now another Men in Black fact: Cream filling will paralyze a Sandershwart. And you thought junk food was bad for you!"
  • "Hello ma baby, tune into Muscle, it ain't about liftin' weights."
  • "While you're watching this show, and howlin' at the jokes, remember it's been brought to you by those Saturn folks."
  • "Okay everybody, it's time for a song from the little network with a big sign."
  • "This has been a production of..."
  • "While you're sittin', loungin' and enjoying the show, all the people at McDonald's have got a question that they like to know. Have you had your break today?"
  • "The folks at Paramount made this film you gotta see, their brand new release: The Beautician and the Beast!"
  • "We're in the gold, man, and we just can't believe our luck! We show gratitude to our friends at 7up!"
  • "The stars will always shine and the birds will sing! As long as there's a thirst, Coca-Cola's the real thing!"
  • "Red Dog Beer is bold, yet smooth. Nice a bit to sponsor this show for you."
  • "Everybody wants the W, everybody likes the W, come on baby, watch the WB!"
  • "There's more comedy for the family Wednesday night. Stick around, you drama fans, Savannah's on tonight."
  • "There's more comedy for the family Wednesday night. Send your tadpoles off to bed, Savannah's on tonight."
  • "Now our sponsor has some words that they'd like you to hear, they say they really would prefer that you wear Nike gear."
  • "Now our sponsor greets you folks without bettin' monies tight. They'll tell ya, eat stuff made by Post 'cause they make breakfast right."
  • "Try this, know you want to. It's the fabulous taste of that Mountain Dew!"
  • "Hey folks, keep your friends close. When you call direct 1-800-COLLECT!"
  • "Know all the jokes give you folks a thrill? This big show is brought to you by Benadryl!"
  • "When you start the new day before you had your toast, wake your body up this way: shower it with Coast."
  • "Marriage starts with "M", and ends with divorce."
  • "She says 'alimony', he says 'all my money'. TV is so phony when it should be fun, honey... The mood's gone right on our Comedy Night, here at the WB! Yeah!"
  • "While you're watching this show, plan a trip to go to Warners' Murder in the First, they sponsor this new show."
  • "Hope you like this new show, but first we have to mention the new film called Highlander: The Final Dimension."
  • "Hope you like the new show, cause after all it's free with the help of the great folks in the US Army."
  • "Why drink the same old sodas every day and night? Put your taste buds first, obey your thirst, and have yourself a Sprite!"
  • "Now when your baby needs an change and you've tried the rest, just go out and get some Huggies, your kid deserves the best!"
  • "Now here's something from Wendy's you can try today: a sandwich with a tasty grilled chicken breast fillet."

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Gallery[]

Notes[]

  • He is often given his middle name Jose, but there is no canon source for this.[2]
  • Michigan is homaged in the 1987 Mel Brooks film Spaceballs when a parody of a Chestburster alien from the film Alien starts suddenly singing and dancing on a table just like the frog after emerging in a diner from an unsuspecting victim (portrayed by actor John Hurt, who also was forced to deal with a Chestburster in the original Alien film).
  • Michigan's middle name was revealed in the Teen Titans Go Warner Bros 100th Anniversary in it his middle name is Jackson.
  • Michigan appeared on the cover of the 1975 album On The Track by Leon Redbone. The cover was designed by Chuck Jones.

References[]

Characters
Main Characters
Bugs Bunny (Prototype Bugs Bunny) Daffy Duck Elmer Fudd Foghorn Leghorn Lola Bunny (Honey Bunny) Marvin the Martian (K-9) Pepé Le Pew (Penelope Pussycat) Porky Pig Road Runner Speedy Gonzales Sylvester (Sylvester Jr.) Taz Tweety Wile E. Coyote Yosemite Sam
Recurring Golden Age Characters
1930s debuts

Bosko Honey Bruno Foxy Piggy Goopy Geer Buddy Cookie Beans Little Kitty Oliver Owl Ham and Ex Petunia Pig Piggy Hamhock Gabby Goat Egghead Big Bad Wolf Little Red Riding Hood Yoyo Dodo Mrs. Daffy Duck The Two Curious Puppies Sniffles Inki Minah Bird

1940s debuts

Willoughby Three Little Pigs Cecil Turtle Beaky Buzzard Mama Buzzard Leo the Lion Babbit and Catstello Conrad the Cat Hubie and Bertie Claude Cat A. Flea The Three Bears Schnooks Hector the Bulldog The Drunk Stork Gossamer Rocky Barnyard Dawg Henery Hawk Charlie Dog Bobo the Elephant Goofy Gophers The Dog Wellington Gruesome Gorilla Hippety Hopper The Talking Bulldog The Crusher The Supreme Cat Playboy Penguin

1950s debuts

Melissa Duck Frisky Puppy Granny (Proto-Granny) Miss Prissy (Emily the Chicken) Sam Cat Nasty Canasta Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot Chester Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog Toro the Bull The Weasel Witch Hazel Tasmanian She-Devil Ralph Phillips Egghead Jr. Mugsy Jose and Manuel The Honey-Mousers (Ralph Crumden, Ned Morton, Alice Crumden, Trixie Morton) Instant Martians Slowpoke Rodriguez Pappy and Elvis Blacque Jacque Shellacque

1960s debuts

Cool Cat Colonel Rimfire Merlin the Magic Mouse Second Banana Bunny and Claude

One-Off Golden Age Characters
1930s debuts

Owl Jolson

1940s debuts

The Gremlin The Dover Boys (Tom Dover, Dick Dover, Larry Dover, Dora Standpipe, Dan Backslide) Mr. Meek Russian Dog The Little Man from the Draft Board Colonel Shuffle Giovanni Jones

1950s debuts

The Martin Brothers Pete Puma George and Benny Babyface Finster Michigan J. Frog Shropshire Slasher Mot Pablo and Fernando Charles M. Wolf Señor Vulturo Mighty Angelo

1960s debuts

Hugo the Abominable Snowman Nelly the Giraffe Count Bloodcount Spooky Rapid Rabbit and Quick Brown Fox

Post-Golden Age Characters
Tiny Toon Adventures

Buster Bunny Babs Bunny Plucky Duck Hamton J. Pig Fifi La Fume Shirley the Loon Sweetie Bird Elmyra Duff Montana Max

Taz-Mania

Jean Hugh Molly Jake Dog the Turtle Drew

Pinky and the Brain

Pinky The Brain

Baby Looney Tunes

Floyd Minton

Duck Dodgers

Dr. I.Q. Hi Captain Star Johnson Commander X2

Loonatics Unleashed

Ace Bunny Lexi Bunny Danger Duck Slam Tasmanian Tech E. Coyote Rev Runner

The Looney Tunes Show

Tina Russo

New Looney Tunes

Squeaks the Squirrel Bigfoot Barbarian Boyd Cal Carl the Grim Rabbit Claudette Dupri Dr. Clovenhoof Eagle Scout Elliot Sampson Horace the Horse Ivana Jack Thes Leslie P. Lilylegs Miss Cougar Pampreen Perdy and Paul Perdy Rhoda Roundhouse Shameless O'Scanty Sir Littlechin Slugsworthy the First Squint Eatswood Tad Tucker Trey Hugger Viktor Winter Stag

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