Dudley Do-Right

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Dudley Do-Right
The Dudley Do-Right Show character
Dudley Do-Right.jpg
First appearance September 1961[1]
Last appearance September 6, 1970
Created by Alex Anderson
Chris Hayward
Allan Burns
Portrayed by Brendan Fraser (movie)
Voiced by Bill Scott (show)
Information
Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation Police officer
Nationality Canadian

Dudley Do-Right, created by Alex Anderson with Chris Hayward and Allan Burns, is the hero of a segment on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show which parodied early 20th century melodrama and silent film (by using only a piano as a musical background) in the form of the Northern genre.

Overview[edit]

Dudley Do-Right is a dim-witted, but conscientious and cheerful Canadian Mountie who is always trying to catch his nemesis Snidely Whiplash, usually succeeding by pure luck or through the actions of his horse, named "Horse." A running gag throughout the series was Nell's great affection for Horse and her disregard of Dudley's unrequited interest in her.

Dudley Do-Right once made a cameo in a "Rocky and Bullwinkle Fan Club" segment, playing the hero in "She Can't Pay the Rent", a play staged by Boris Badenov. Rocky and Bullwinkle also appeared as cameo in an episode called "Mountie Bear".

In the standard intro, Dudley is seen mounted backward on his horse.

Dudley Do-Right Show[edit]

The Dudley Do-Right Show is an animated television series assembled by P.A.T. Film Services, consisting of cartoons produced by Jay Ward Productions and Total Television, which aired Sunday mornings on ABC-TV from April 27, 1969 to September 6, 1970. Each half-hour show included two segments each of Dudley Do-Right Of The Mounties and The World Of Commander McBragg, along with one segment each of Tooter Turtle and The Hunter. Dudley Do-Right was a Jay Ward production, while the other segments were products of Total Television. Both companies used Gamma Productions, a Mexico-based animation studio.

The U.S. syndicated version of the show, called Dudley Do Right And Friends, differs from The Dudley Do-Right Show, featuring most of the same recurring cartoon segments, but a different episode selection. The syndicated package features Dudley Do-Right Of The Mounties, The World Of Commander McBragg, The King And Odie, and The Hunter. The latter two originally appeared as part of King Leonardo And His Short Subjects, a series that aired between October 15, 1960 and September 28, 1963 on NBC-TV. Twenty-six new segments of both series were produced for CBS-TV's Tennessee Tuxedo And His Tales in 1963, and these later segments are included in the syndicated Dudley Do Right And Friends.

Actors (voice overs) included:

Segments[edit]

  1. The Disloyal Canadians — Whiplash smuggles stolen furs via musical instruments
  2. Finding Gold — Dudley unwittingly robs his own employer's payroll
  3. Mortgagin' The Mountie Post — Dudley mortgages the RCMP post to Snidely for an 11-cent pocket watch
  4. Trap Bait — Snidely attempts to lure Dudley to his demise by taking hostages
  5. Masked Ginny Lynne — Nell dons a mask and becomes a singing "sensation" via Whiplash
  6. The Centaur — Snidely dresses up as a horse to steal Horse in order to make the mounties lose morale
  7. Railroad Tracks — Whiplash ties everything and everyone to railroad tracks
  8. Foreclosing Mortgages — Inspector Fenwick wagers (and loses) the mountie camp to Snidely in a poker game
  9. Snidely Mounted Police
  10. Mother Love
  11. Mountie Bear
  12. Inspector Dudley Do-Right
  13. Recruiting Campaign
  14. Out Of Uniform
  15. Lure Of The Footlights
  16. Bullet Proof Suit
  17. Miracle Drug
  18. Elevenworth Prison
  19. Saw Mill
  20. Mountie Without A Horse
  21. Mother Whiplash's Log Jam
  22. Stolen Art Masterpiece
  23. Mechanical Dudley
  24. Flicker Rock
  25. Faithful Dog
  26. Coming-Out Party
  27. Robbing Banks
  28. Skagway Dogsled-Pulling Contest
  29. Canadian Railway's Bridge
  30. Niagara Falls
  31. Snidely's Vic Whiplash Gym
  32. Marigolds — Dudley's allergic reaction to marigolds gives Whiplash an idea
  33. Trading Places
  34. Top Secret
  35. The Locket
  36. The Inspector's Nephew
  37. Matinee Idol
  38. Snidely Arrested — Whiplash becomes despondent enough to want to be arrested, only to be freed thanks to Nell

One segment originally seen on The Bullwinkle Show, "Stokey the Bear", was withheld from all reissues of the series because the U.S. Forest Service objected to the image of a bear that started forest fires, albeit because he is a victim of Snidely hypnotizing him to do so. The segment was finally released on home video in 2005.

Film[edit]

Further information: Dudley Do-Right (film)

In 1999, a live-action film starring Brendan Fraser (as Dudley), Sarah Jessica Parker (as Nell), Alfred Molina (as Snidely), and Robert Prosky (Inspector Fenwick) was released. The movie received extremely negative reviews and was a box-office failure, as it had an opening weekend gross (domestically) of $3,018,345, which then went on to have a "domestic total gross" of $9,974,410. The movie was made on a budget of $70 million.[2]

Theme park attraction[edit]

Dudley Do-Right is the theme of a log flume attraction at the Islands of Adventure theme park titled "Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls". Guests enter a queue themed to resemble a theater, with Dudley, Nell, Snidely and Horse presented as actors. Riders board cartoon logs and journey "into" the story, where Snidely has sinisterly captured Nell Fenwick. Horse and Dudley make their first appearance in front of a cyclorama backdrop, theatrically "charging" to the rescue.

The ride system contains three drops, the last and tallest of which is 75 feet. It is a hybrid flume/coaster that utilizes steel track to not only shoot guest-filled logs down the final drop, but under the water's surface and over a bunny hill. The ride system was designed and built by Mack GmbH and opened in 1999.

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Moose That Roared: The Story of Jay Ward, Bill Scott, a Flying Squirrel, and a Talking Moose by Keith Scott (ISBN 0-312-19922-8), p. 168
  2. ^ Gray, Brandon. "Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-08-26.