A jailhouse, a tempting safe... and a sleeping sheriff. Can the two villains make off with the loot without waking him up? Not if deputy Droopy has his way. Much of this cartoon is a remake... See full summary »
A jailhouse, a tempting safe... and a sleeping sheriff. Can the two villains make off with the loot without waking him up? Not if deputy Droopy has his way. Much of this cartoon is a remake of 'Rock-a-Bye Bear' (1952). Written by
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While the voice of Droopy was usually provided by Bill Thompson, he did not do so for this cartoon, he did Tex Avery a favor, letting him have the role. Being Tex Avery's final cartoon highlighting Droopy Dog, The first of two he co-directed, along with Michael Lah, as he was in process of returning to Lantz Studios, where his animation career started) the voice heard is strongly believed to be Tex Avery's. Plus, Droopy Dog spoke only three short lines, in it. See more »
[after locking up the two attemped thieves]
Well, don't look at me, boys.
[after Droopy's remark & locking the cell door, he turns around, with a hearing aid in his ear, then the closing credit musical scene begins]
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Tex Avery used a plot device here that he used in several cartoons: A character or characters want to avoid being heard by another character. Another character does their level best to cause them to disturb the character, setting the stage for his much-beloved sight gags fired rapidly at the audience. Cartoons are an artform and animated shorts have differing limitations and requirements from longer works. Conventions, plot devices and gimmicks have been developed over the years. Tex Avery developed and/or refined many of these over the years and is, in my view, the most seminal creative force in the history of the animated short. He was an extraordinary artist. This is a funny, engaging, delightful short with a hysterical ending and one of his better efforts. Well worth watching. Recommended.
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