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Western Animation / The Jaywalker

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Milton lives life on the edge

The Jaywalker is a 1956 animated short film (6 1/2 minutes), directed by Robert Cannon, produced by UPA.

Milton Muffet is a mild-mannered office worker who, one day, carelessly goes jaywalking. He discovers it's the thrill of a lifetime. Milton devotes his entire life to jaywalking. He loses his job and wipes out his savings, but he doesn't care, because he's exploring the joys of walking through oncoming traffic.



  • Dead All Along: The ending reveals that Milton is an angel, with wings on his back. Presumably his jaywalking luck ran out.
  • The Gambling Addict: With his life, not his money, but this is what Milton's doing every time he walks out into traffic. Milton calls jaywalking "the most awful, habit-forming vice a man falls prey to."
  • Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life: An unusual spin on this trope, in that Milton gets addicted to jaywalking, and that ruins his life.
  • Limited Animation: UPA style, with simple drawings against plain backgrounds.
  • Narrator: Milton narrates his own story.
  • The Shrink: Milton goes to a "head doctor" who gives him the sensible advice to only cross streets with the crowd. He tries, but falls back into his old habits.
  • Thick-Line Animation: Done in the signature UPA style of thickly-drawn lines.
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  • Title Drop: Milton says "I finally realized I was a confirmed jaywalker."

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