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Gopher Broke (1958)

The barnyard dog from the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons is the guard at a farm where vegetables are harvested. Two polite twin gophers, who have made the vegetable patch their home, do not want ... See full summary »

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The barnyard dog from the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons is the guard at a farm where vegetables are harvested. Two polite twin gophers, who have made the vegetable patch their home, do not want their vegetables taken and set out to thwart the dog and repossess their food supply. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Rather than having incidental music composed and arranged specifically for the cartoon, this is one of six Warner Brothers cartoons featuring a non-thematic soundtrack due to a musicians' strike. It was scored by John Seely of Capitol Records using stock music from the Hi-Q sound library. See more »

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Follows Two Gophers from Texas (1948) See more »

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Wistful Comedy (1-TC-200)
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The Goofy Gophers take on Barnyard Dog
2 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Having loved 1947's 'The Goofy Gophers', 1948's 'Two Gophers from Texas and 1951's 'A Ham in a Role' and really liked the next four cartoons directed by Fritz Freleng, Robert McKimson's 'Gopher Broke' is a disappointment but it's very watchable still.

It is not near as good as his 'A Ham in a Role', and it does feel like it is too closely indebted to the brilliant Hubie and Bertie cartoon 'Mouse Wreckers', almost like a slightly loose remake, so it does suffer from a lack of originality and a blandness compared to that cartoon. The whole premise with the vegetables has also been done before and to better effect in 1954's 'I Gopher You'.

Perhaps the biggest debit is the music score (was this due to the musicians' strike), here the stock music sounds cheaply orchestrated, annoying and somewhat repetitive in places in a cartoon crying out for the involvement of Milt Franklyn or even Carl Stalling if he hadn't retired.

A shame because the animation is great, as always with the early and middle period Looney Tunes cartoons, with some bright vibrant colours and richly detailed backgrounds and everything is very fluidly and smoothly drawn with no obvious jarring anywhere.

'Gopher Broke' does have some very funny dialogue, that has the zany Looney wit while almost all the best of it coming from the over-polite Gophers. The earlier Goofy Gophers cartoons were known for the gags and violence being quite dark and brutal, without being over-the-top or overly-sadistic, while 'Mouse Wreckers' was relentlessly cruel without feeling too much, and while that tone is evident it was done with much sharper, darker and more imaginative edge in the previous Goofy Gopher cartoons.

Mac and Tosh work are a wonderfully entertaining duo, if a very acquired taste, being cute yet very funny in their over-politeness to one another. They are voiced adroitly by Stan Freberg and Mel Blanc. Barnyard Dog (also voiced wonderfully by Blanc) works better with Foghorn Leghorn, but is very true to character and is an amusing foil that one does sort of sympathise with.

In conclusion, quite good but not great and a little bland cartoon with the Goofy Gophers and Barnyard Dog. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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