Friday, March 18, 2011
Credits: Directed by Tex Avery
Running time (of viewed version): 8:02
Commercial DVD Availability: Droopy
Synopsis: Wolf escapes prison, is pursued by Droopy.
Comments: The first cartoon on the Droopy collection, as this is the introduction of Droopy. Great simple title card, completely inappropriate with a human prisoner and... wait, I suppose the dog might be Droopy's breed. Shadow separated from caster joke. Text joke, followed by text not joke. Quadrupedal Droopy (eventually becomes bipedal in the short). Pee joke. Extreme quickness of wolf and his cuts to the slowness of Droppy and his. The wolf makes heavy use of signs speaking in his voice. Takes upon takes. Reading a Dick Tracy comic. Droopy speaks to the audience directly. I wonder if the woo woo in Hollywood is old what's his face. This Droopy's ugly, but not as ugly as some other intro versions of characters I could name. Undertaker has a variable velocity. Wolf's brakes joke. Droopy's kinda murderous himself. Droopy really loses his cool at the end, something he would only rarely (never?) do later. They make up for some of the many poses by running in reverse for a time. Wolf leaves the frame of the film.
From the paper:
"Laughs of the week
"What's the difference between a worm and a bedbug?
Well, a worm crawls on its own stomach, while a bedbug is not so particular."
"There was a little girl
Who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead
When she was good
She was very very good
And when she was bad -
She was popular"