'Fishing by the Sea' is the weird and unfunny title of this fairly funny Heckle and Jeckle cartoon, made very early in their development. The magpies' voices haven't been established yet; here, Jeckle speaks in a falsetto that doesn't even pretend to be an English accent, while Heckle's prole voice has just a hint of "duh" dummy quality to it.
Dimwit the hound is going fishing. (Dogs eat fish, eh?) Heckle and Jeckle are roommates in this one, sharing a single large birdhouse. (In 'Rival Romeos', they lived next-door over to each other.) They taunt Dimwit for no particular reason, then try to steal his catch of fish.
Something I find intriguing about Heckle and Jeckle is that they tend to initiate the mayhem against other (more innocent) characters, and they tend to win every skirmish right up until the end of the toon ... at which point they tend to receive their well-deserved punishment. This is the reverse of Bugs Bunny's formula; he typically receives the first indignity but then wins all the battles afterwards. SPOILERS COMING. In this one, the magpies end up denuded of their feathers and pursued into the open sea by a tooth-baring whale, while Dimwit enjoys a huge catch of fish. Refreshingly, dim dumb Dimwit comes up trumps through his own ingenuity for once.
There are a couple of solid laughs here, but modern fans of Heckle and Jeckle will be put off by the unfamiliar voices they possess in this cartoon. My rating: only 5 out of 10. As Dimwit would put it: Duh-uhhh!
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