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The Intruders (1947)

Approved | | Animation, Short | 9 May 1947 (USA)
Heckel and Jeckel fly over a country estate and decide it would do just fine as a nesting ground for them, especially since it afforded a few luxuries they could take advantage of. But the ... See full summary »

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Heckel and Jeckel fly over a country estate and decide it would do just fine as a nesting ground for them, especially since it afforded a few luxuries they could take advantage of. But the Bulldog guardian of the grounds thinks otherwise and makes his objections know. They object to his objections by attacking him with the croquet mallets, pushing him into the swimming pool and several other objectionable ways the talking magpies could come up with. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Heckle & Jeckle put on the dog.
31 December 2007 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

'The Intruders' is an absolute top-notch Heckle and Jeckle cartoon. It actually looks TOO good to be one of their toons. The Paul Terry animation studio was never noted for large budgets nor high production values, and the strength of the Heckle & Jeckle toons was always that they were funny despite their cheapjack appearance. And yet here, surprisingly, there are some elaborately detailed and coloured backgrounds and layouts.

The two magpies are once again looking for a place to live. They fly over a swank estate, and decide to move in. But the poolside cabana is also the kennel of the resident security guard: a gruff bulldog. Naturally, he wants to chase the birds out. Mayhem ensues ... but it's quite funny, and it looks better than usual.

One animation sequence in this toon -- of Heckle and Jeckle coming out of a bath-house in swimming cozzies -- was recycled in their later (and much less impressive) offering 'Hula Hula Land'.

'The Intruders' is funny throughout, but the final gag is absolutely outrageous and hilarious. My rating: 10 out of 10.


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