This travelogue across America is filled with sight gags such as the 'Old Reliable' geyser spitting into a spittoon, cliff-dwelling Indians who walk horizontally up and down the faces of ...
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A collection of short gags based on classic nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, in her best Katharine Hepburn, tells us how her garden is really doing. Humpty Dumpty ... See full summary »
A cruise to Nome, Alaska, starts with some cruise-ship jokes: the ship pulls out of the harbor like a car, raising anchor also raises the front of the boat, the ship follows the coast by ... See full summary »
A series of typical Avery spot gags set around wild animals. A dainty deer drinks very loudly and rudely from a lake. A pack rat swaps an egg and an acorn, then back again ("monotonous, ... See full summary »
Blackout gags about the holidays. New Year's (the baby speaks to us). Valentine's Day (it's Leap Year, so the girl turns to the boy) Washington's Birthday (the cherry tree story). Arbor Day... See full summary »
A barker guides us through a sideshow, a menagerie, and on to the big top, for a series of typical Avery gags. For example, the trapeze artists, the Flying Cadenzas, literally fly; the lion... See full summary »
A tour of the waters near a South Sea island, introducing us to the various kinds of marine life, including the pickled herring, the hermit crab, the starfish, a seahorse race, and many ... See full summary »
In this spoof of the newsreel series, we meet a man who drinks large amounts of milk, a snake charmer, a man building a ship in a bottle, the world's loudest hog caller, a man who hasn't ... See full summary »
This travelogue across America is filled with sight gags such as the 'Old Reliable' geyser spitting into a spittoon, cliff-dwelling Indians who walk horizontally up and down the faces of cliffs to get to their homes, and a Texas cow puncher who really punches cows. Also featured is Mr. Butter Fingers, a 'human fly' who climbs the outside of the Empire State Building. Written by
David Glagovsky <email@example.com>
I guess that the reason that I didn't find "Detouring America" as funny as some of Tex Avery's other spoofs is because I've seen so many that I can basically predict what's going to happen based on the narration (by Robert Bruce). But even so, there's no shortage of laughs in this spoof of 1930s travelogues, such as the literally rolling hills. As with many of Tex Avery's spot-gag-centric cartoons, there's something to which the narrator keeps returning; in this case, it's a human fly scaling the Empire State Building (with a surprise at the end, natch).
So, I would actually call this cartoon a mild precursor to "Easy Rider", with the idea of searching for America. Of course, not only is that a very loose connection, but people who came of age in the '60s are probably going to object to my linking a silly cartoon - especially one containing stereotypical images of American Indians - to the ultimate '60s movie. Just my association.
Anyway, a really funny one.
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