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. . . (whether "Looney Tunes," such as GOPHER BROKE, or "Merrie Melodies") teach valuable Life Lessons (giving rise to such pop culture best sellers as W's old stand-by, I LEARNT EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO LIVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE FROM SATVRDAY MORNING CARTOONS), this outing featuring two English-accented rodents is grating from beginning to end, with no redeeming social value. Just the opposite, in fact, as it glorifies theft. Let someone else do the heavy lifting, then take whatever you want from the fruits of others' labor. It's Reaganomics all over again: "From each according to their powerlessness, to the guy atop the pyramid." Usually Warners is loath to abet the Help-the-Rich-Get-Richer movement, so GOPHER BROKE seems the product of an animators' revolt in which the guys decided to be perversely Upper Crust. Perhaps one of them had just converted to Scientology, as Psychiatry is panned several times here for no reason, and the Sacred Symbol of the Transvestite Dog pops up out of nowhere.
Penultimate Goofy Gophers short, directed by Robert McKimson, is a loose remake of the earlier Chuck Jones short Mouse Wreckers. The plot to this one has Mac and Tosh trying to recover "their" vegetables taken by a farmer. But the veggies are being guarded by Barnyard Dog, so the duo devise a plan to drive the dog insane (!) to remove him from the situation. It's a mildly funny short with amusing dialogue and likable characters. There's an unnamed pig who figures into things in a cute way that I won't spoil. The animation is very colorful and attractive. The voice work from Mel Blanc and Stan Freberg is good. This would be the last short for Warner Bros. Freberg would lend his voice to during the classic era. The stock music score is a major negative.
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