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Detouring America (1939)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Mr. Butterfingers / Cow Puncher / Full-Grown Papoose / Mosquito / Prairie Dog / Prospector / Fawn (voice) (uncredited)
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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 <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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26 August 1939 (USA)  »

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Included as a bonus on the Warner DVD of Each Dawn I Die (1939). See more »

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All states depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual states, either Democratic or Republican, is purely co-incidental. See more »

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Referenced in A Gander at Mother Goose (1940) See more »

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Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4
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aka "Brahms' Lullaby"
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played during the fawn bit
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Tex Avery's "Easy Rider"
2 July 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

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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