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"Why did Quick Draw McGraw hang around with that freaky little mule?"

Yet another Talking Animal omnibus series from Hanna-Barbera, Quick Draw McGraw followed the adventures of the equine sheriff with an exaggerated southern drawl, who upheld law and order in The Wild West with the aid of Baba Looey, a Mexican burro with a Spanish accent, and Snuffles, a biscuit-mooching dog. Whenever Baba Looey questioned his partner's motives, Quick Draw uttered his Catch Phrase: "Hold on thar, Baba Looey! I'll do the thin'in' around here, and don't you for-git it!"

The cartoon spoofed nearly every Western trope known. Sometimes, Quick Draw assumed the heroic identity of the swashbuckling El Kabong, bashing outlaws with his guitar. Supporting segments were Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy and Super Snooper and Blabbermouse. Quick-Draw/El Kabong was also in an episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, in which the right to wield a guitar was treated in a manner similar to gun law debates.


This series provides examples of:

  • Animated Anthology
  • Ash Face: As demonstrated in the trope image.
  • Bandito: Referred to by name.
  • Chaste Toons: Averted, of course, with Doggie Daddy. Also averted in the Quick Draw McGraw short El Kabong, Jr., though Junior was never heard from again.
  • Courtroom Episode: One episode was about a trial where Baba Looey was testifying for the prosecution.
  • Detective Animal: Snooper and Blabber are a cat-and-mouse detective team.
  • Evil Twin: Horse-Face Harry.
  • Expy: Quick Draw's alter ego, El Kabong, seems to be a nod toward El Zorro. In an in-house example, Snuffles exaggerated reaction (to "dawwwg bis-kits", in his case) would be shared by a number of Hanna-Barbera pooches in response to a variety of treats.
    • Quick Draw had another 'alter ego', The Whip (with Baba Looey as The Whippersnaper) based on Lash Larue, King of the Bullwhips or Whip Wilson.
  • Funny Animal
  • Furry Confusion: The hero is an anthropomorphic horse. But since the setting is the Old West, many real horses also appear. Not immediately noticeable because the real horses tend to be more realistically drawn and the hero is roughly human-sized. And, of course, Quick Draw himself is never seen riding a horse!
    • In the opening of his TV show, Quick Draw was seen driving a stagecoach pulled by two horses.
  • I Don't Pay You to Think: "Hoold on there, Baba Louie! I'll do all the thin'ing around here, and dooon't you forget it!"
  • Instrument of Murder: El Kabong's guitar.
  • Malaproper: In "Bull Leave Me", Quick Draw is in Argentina helping an estate owner rid his land of a smart-aleck bull. The owner tests Quick Draw on his credibility as a gaucho:

 Owner: What is a gaucho?

Quick Draw: A gaucho is one of the Marx Brothers!

  • Missing Mom: Doggie Daddy is a single father raising his son, Augie.
  • Moral Dissonance: In the Augie Doggie cartoon "Talk It Up, Pup", Augie gives Doggie Daddy the silent treatment for 24 hours because Doggie Daddy (as umpire) called Augie out on strikes to end a Little League baseball game. "It was right over the plate," Doggie Daddy states, but Augie purely believes that nepotism should have prevailed and the rule should have been waived on his behalf. Doggie Daddy's attempts to get Augie to talk results in him being hospitalized at the end, and only after the 24 hours are up does Augie start speaking to him again.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Snooper is patterned after Archie the bartender from the 1940s radio comedy Duffy's Tavern, and Doggie Daddy's voice is patterned after Jimmy Durante.
  • Western Characters
  • The Wild West
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