Dumb-Hounded

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Dumb-Hounded
Dumb hounded.jpg
Poster
Directed byTex Avery
Produced byFred Quimby (unc. on original issue)
Written byRich Hogan
StarringBill Thompson (Voice of Droopy; uncredited)
Frank Graham (Voice of the killer and the mayor; uncredited)
Music byScott Bradley (uncredited)
Production
company
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Loew's Inc.
Release date
  • March 20, 1943 (1943-03-20)
Running time
7 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Dumb-Hounded is an American animation short from 1943. It is notable for being the first cartoon to star Droopy.[1] The film was released on 20 March 1943 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and has a running time of seven minutes.[1]

Plot[edit]

A wolf escapes from Swing Swing Prison (a parody of Sing Sing Prison). Many bloodhounds are freed to search for him, but one of them, Droopy, remains behind and informs the audience that he is the hero of the story. He initially moved very slowly, but he still quickly finds the wolf who tries to escape from Droopy throughout the picture. At one point, he even fled away from Droopy by boarding a taxi, a train, a ship, and an aircraft. [2] However, everywhere he flees Droopy pops up and sarcastically greeted the wolf. In the end Droopy ended the pointless chase by dropping a huge boulder on the wolf's head and crushes him. When Droopy receives his reward, he jumps about in complete enthusiasm, only to pause and inform the audience, "I'm happy".

Crew[edit]

  • Directed by: Tex Avery
  • Written by: Rich Hogan
  • Animation: Ray Abrams, Preston Blair, Ed Love, Irven Spence
  • Character Design: Claude Smith
  • Layout: John Didrik Johnsen, Bernard Wolf
  • Backgrounds: John Didrik Johnsen
  • Film Editor: Fred McAlpin
  • Sound Editor: Fred McAlpin
  • Music: Scott Bradley
  • Co-Producer: William Hanna
  • Produced by: Fred Quimby

Legacy[edit]

  • Northwest Hounded Police (1946) features Droopy and the Wolf character in a similar set-up. Again, the Wolf flees from Droopy, who keeps popping up in unexpected places.
  • In the early 2000s a Cartoon Network short Thanks a Latté features Droopy and the Wolf character in a nearly-similar set-up; where he works at a coffee shop and forces a stingy wolf into giving him a tip when the wolf leaves the shop without paying for his latte.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dumb-Hounded". IMDB. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  2. ^ "Dumb-Hounded". Doing Their Bit: Wartime American Animated Short Films, 1939–1945. McFarland. 2004. Retrieved January 5, 2014.

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