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The Crackpot Quail (1941)

A dog chases a quail through the forest; the quail keeps outsmarting the dog (and keeps referring to the dog as "doc"). The dog, none too bright, keeps running into trees, while the quail's... See full summary »

Director:

Tex Avery (as Fred Avery)

Writer:

Rich Hogan
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Tex Avery ... Willoughby (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Quail (voice) (uncredited)
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A dog chases a quail through the forest; the quail keeps outsmarting the dog (and keeps referring to the dog as "doc"). The dog, none too bright, keeps running into trees, while the quail's topknot keeps falling into his face. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1941 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The music that plays over the title cards is an original composition by Carl Stalling. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original version of the quail had him blowing raspberries to put his "cowlick" back in place. Subsequent prints replaced the raspberry with a politer-sounding whistle. See more »

Soundtracks

They Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dawg Aroun'
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Music by Cy Perkins
Played when the dog is running and when he fetches the stick
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OK, but no Bugs Bunny
22 November 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

A dog is out in the countryside when he starts to get hungry. He decides to try and catch himself a nice plump quail but, even after he finds one, she turns out to a much trickier prey than he had originally thought.

Every now and again with WB cartoons, I'll come across some with totally new characters - they are usually pretty anonymous dogs, cats or mice. Generally they go through the material that the more established characters will do in their shorts. That is the case here - the quail basically plays Bugs Bunny, right up to the fact that she calls the dog `doc'! The dog just plays the foil character and he is actually OK.

The material is quite amusing, the quail tricks and fools the dog in the time honoured fashion of Bugs Bunny and the dog has a few good lines in his running joke. However it is very hard to shake the feeling that we've seen this done better somewhere else, and the feeling that the characters are pretty pale imitations of better characters. I'm at a loss as to why anyone would even have the quail use `doc' in her dialogue - why make it so obvious that she's just a bird version of Bugs?

Overall this is still reasonably enjoyable, but you'll not be able to stop thinking about how much fun Bugs Bunny can be, long after the quail has gone from your memory.


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