Monday, December 08, 2008

Cartoon a Day: Northwest Hounded Police

Northwest Hounded Police
Directed by Tex Avery
Available on: Tex Avery's Droopy - The Complete Theatrical Collection

Ah, Droopy, the perfect start for the week. "Northwest Hounded Police" is one of the earliest Droopy shorts. The premise is simple, the wolf has escaped from prison and is hiding out in the great white north of Canada. So the mounties are called in and they send out their finest...Droopy. For the rest of the short, no matter where the wolf runs, Droopy is there.

This short is all about the classic Tex Avery style reactions. Things actually start pretty calm as the wolf reacts to Droopy's constant presence. But thing build in intensity as the short continues.

I'm not quite sure what it is that keeps Tex Avery's cartoons so funny even after repeated viewings. I've seen this cartoon many times, but I was laughing out loud, and very loudly, again tonight. My wife told me to quiet down because I was keeping the kids up.

Perhaps it's just that Avery seems to be pulling out all the stops with each reaction of the wolf, yet the next one is even more extreme. You just can't help but burst out in laughter.

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