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The Oily American (1954)

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Moe Hican, an Indian, has struck it rich. Oil has been found on his property, and he now owns an estate with oil rigs everywhere. Even the fountain spouts oil! His mansion is as uppercrust ... See full summary »

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Moe Hican / Jarvis / Delivery Man (voice)
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Moe Hican, an Indian, has struck it rich. Oil has been found on his property, and he now owns an estate with oil rigs everywhere. Even the fountain spouts oil! His mansion is as uppercrust as any, but he prefers to live in a tepee and hunt moose, within the rooms of his vast home, which have forests of their own. Moe and his butler go on a hunting expedition, with the butler being hit with every instrument Moe uses to try to kill a pint-sized moose. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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A-Huntimg We Will Go
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Hilarious and creative
4 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Maybe not one of my all-time favourite cartoons, but one that still hits all the right buttons. The animation is fluid and colourful, with the character animation of the moose standing out among the WB characters. The music is lushly orchestrated and energetic with the ability to add to the humour and action, as any great music for a cartoon should do, the pre-existing tunes are recognisable and still appeal. The writing is fresh, witty with a little bit of a satirical edge without going overboard. The gags are just as hilarious and imaginatively timed, and the crisp pace and creative story(another very good example at Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes/WB doing something different and succeeding at that) help a lot. The characters are great, the moose is just hysterical- not in a long time have I seen a foil this funny-, the butler is delightfully snooty that shows disdain so entertainingly at still endearing Moe's incompetence. Mel Blanc's vocal characterisations in another one of his one-man-shows are dead on. To conclude, hilarious entertainment with a great premise done in a creative way. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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