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The Dover Boys - 1942 - Merrie Melodies - (HD + CC)

The Dover Boys - 1942 - Merrie Melodies - (HD + CC)

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"A runabout! I'LL STEAL IT! NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW!"
Dan Backslide (coward-bully-cad-and-thief)

A 1942 Merrie Melodies short subject directed by Chuck Jones, "The Dover Boys At Pimento University" or "The Rivals of Roquefort Hall" (or just "The Dover Boys" for short) is an animated parody of a series of early 20th Century juvenile fiction novels called "the Rover Boys". This was also Chuck's first attempt at making a cartoon that was actually funny -- unlike the cloying cuteness and Disney-like nature of his Sniffles the Mouse cartoons. It was also an early experiment with stylized, Limited Animation, as well as motion blurring, but because of this, it almost got Chuck fired -- he just barely managed to avoid the pink slip from his boss.

This cartoon was voted No. 49 on The 50 Greatest Cartoons list, and has also made it onto The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes list. The short has also fallen into the public domain and can be viewed here.

The Dover Boys were also used in an Animaniacs Slappy Squirrel Short, acting as musical narrators to Daniel Boone.

Unmarked spoilers abound.[1]

Tropes used in The Dover Boys include:

 Dan: "THEY DRIVE ME TO DRINK!" (Cue rapid shot-taking)

 Dora: Help Tom! Help Dick! Help Larry!

Dan Backslide after being kicked, knocked, and tossed senseless by Dora Stanpipe several times.

Dan Backslide: HELP TOM! HELP DICK! HELP LARRY!

 "The Dover Boys! THEN DORA MUST BE ALONE AND UNPROTECTED!"

    • And just outside, he follows up with "A runabout! I'll steal it! NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW!"

Notes

  1. If you have a problem with that, just watch the cartoon first. It's only 9 minutes long.
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