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Western Animation / Little Johnny Jet

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Little Johnny Jet is a 1953 animated short film (6½ minutes) directed by Tex Avery for MGM Studios.

An anthropomorphic B-29 Superfortress named John is struggling to find work: Despite being a decorated veteran of "the War", the military and civil aviation industries are more interested in the revolutionary new jet-engined aircraft than an "old" propeller plane like himself. His wife Mary (a Douglas DC-3) reveals that she's expecting a child, but John's delight turns to bitterness when the stork delivers a little baby boy jet. Despite his tiny engine, little Junior immediately begins outperforming his dad and further inflames John's resentment.

One day John (still unemployed and with "another propeller to feed") learns of an upcoming around-the-world race, the winner of which will receive a fat government contract. Determined to prove himself, he enters the race—unknowingly carrying little Junior stowed away in his passenger compartment. Hilarity Ensues.


  • Delivery Stork: A helicopter stork drops little Junior through John and Mary's chimney.
  • Fantastic Racism: John doesn't care for jet planes, and all of the jobs rejecting him in favor of jets seems to return the sentiment towards older planes.
  • Just Plane Wrong: Despite supposedly being a "B-29", John is more closely shaped like a B-17 in flight, though the shape of his vertical stabilizer and doubled main tires on his undercarriage are accurate. Additionally, while there were B-29s that were painted in olive drab rather than the more well-known baremetal silver coloring, there is no bomber unit that painted the entire rudders red, white, and blue like John's were, and likely it was just done to make it clear John is an American warplane. Additionally, Mary, supposedly a DC-3, has a glazed nose to signify her more literal "nose", a feature no DC-3 or the military variant the C-47 possessed.
  • Knitting Pregnancy Announcement: Mary announces her pregnancy by knitting a "bootie" shaped like a tiny little plane. At the end, when the government says they want ten thousand planes like little Junior, a blushing Mary reveals she has knitted a whole row of little plane booties.
  • Marilyn Maneuver: From the Statue of Liberty, no less, when John and Junior zoom by and her skirt flies up to show her underwear.
  • Monumental Damage: Parodied. As John and Junior rocket around the world at high speed, some famous monuments get the Trope equivalent of Amusing Injuries; the Sphinx is given a crew cut, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is tilted the other way, the Eiffel Tower barely avoids a collision by lifting its "legs", and rushing past the Statue of Liberty gets her skirt blown up, showing her legs.
  • Sentient Vehicle: The short stars sentient planes.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Mary has long eyelashes and lipstick, as well as "feminine" paint.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: Despite having a face made out of metal, Mary still blushes at the prospect of producing ten thousand baby planes.
  • Tilting Tower of Pisa: Backwash from the planes alters the angle of the famous Tower.
  • War Hero:
  • "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: After Junior tags along for John's race and then proceeds to save his life, and then win the race for him, John realizes he has nothing to prove to his son.