This starts off as an adaptation of Robert Service's poem 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew', complete with a literal depiction of a man with one foot in the grave, but when Dan McGoo turns out ...
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The Wolf rides into town, terrorises it, kidnaps the girl, and is chased by the outraged townspeople, accompanied by Droopy, who despite introducing himself as "the hero" at the end, in ... See full summary »
This starts off as an adaptation of Robert Service's poem 'The Shooting of Dan McGrew', complete with a literal depiction of a man with one foot in the grave, but when Dan McGoo turns out to be Droopy, it turns into another Droopy-versus-the Wolf gagfest.Written by
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When this cartoon short was reissued in 1951, not only were the original opening and closing titles replaced, but a number of scenes were reanimated to remove gags involving rationed cigarettes. See more »
When Tex Avery went to MGM, he continued to perfect his comic timing and build upon the tropes he developed while at WB. Many of these he revisited and remade.
One of these was parodying the Robert Service poem, "The Shooting of Dan McGrew". Tex previously parodied the poem at WB in 1939 as DANGEROUS DAN MCFOO. He uses many of the same verses he did in the original. This time Tex uses his MGM ensemble crew Droopy, The Wolf, and Red. Tex also takes advantage of the verses by using literal humor throughout.
This is also one of the MGM shorts that was altered in later years to remove gags relating to the wartime economy (in this case cigarette rationing). It kind of seems pointless, considering the entire cartoon was clearly a product of the war (and one of Droopy's lines, referencing gasoline rationing, was not altered).
The trade papers advertised this as a remake of RED HOT RIDING HOOD in it's initial release. It can be considered that, as Tex reprises the Wolf's wild reactions to Red's dance number (different song and different reactions though). Since RED HOT RIDING HOOD was very popular with audiences, the trade papers awaited this short with great anticipation.
DANGEROUS DAN MCFOO was one of Avery's best WB cartoons, but this short blows the former out of the water. The comic timing and action is insane from start to finish. One of Avery's finest works hands down.
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