Tex Avery’s Droopy: The Complete Theatrical Collection

DVD Reviews | May 22nd, 2007

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Starring Bill Thompson, Daws Butler
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Directed By: Tex Avery, Michael Lah
Studio: Warner Brothers
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You know what? I’m happy…I’ve been waiting a very long time to have one of my favorite cartoon characters come on DVD. I used to (and still do) watch Droopy Dog but lately haven’t had the time to. I used to watch Tom and Jerry episodes just knowing that there will be a Tex Avery or Droopy Dog short on as well. Now fans of the heroic hound can watch all his theatrical animated shorts all the time! I know I will.

If for some reason you have no idea who Droopy Dog is, well you clearly are one sheltered person. But if you seriously don’t know who Droopy Dog is, he’s a basset hound is appears to be really slow and dumb. But in fact, he’s actually really clever, fast and just smarter than his enemies. That whole “slow & dumb” thing is just a front to fool his enemies. Each animated short usually involves Droopy in different environments or situations like being a bull fighter, or boy scout, or competing to be a daredevil in the circus. You know, typical dog things. His usual enemies range from the dumb Irish bulldog or the whistling wolf but sometimes he had to face an English Fox or a bull.

After all these years of watching Droopy Dog, I still manage to laugh out loud. Even if the jokes and sight gags got repetitive, I still giggle like a 5 year old watching these shorts. I just love when the bulldog would chop down a pole or tree and then run the other way. Then the tree would smash on top of him as he was yelling “timbur!” It just gets me laughing EVERY time. Another favorite little moment is when Droopy and the Wolf are seeing who’s the better gunsman. The Wolf points to a cliff where a flea is sitting and shoots it. Seeing the flea scream in terror as he’s been shot makes my eyes watery. It’s the little sight gags that make Tex Avery & company brilliant. I’m sure if there was no Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, there would be no directors like the Zucker Brothers or Mel Brooks.

One thing I’ll always remember from the Droopy Dog series is the whistling wolf. As soon as I hear that wolf whistling that tune, the tune doesn’t escape my head for weeks. I also think he’s a funny villain to Droopy. He’s got that Louisiana accent and just seems so laid back. The bulldog is also a great character because he’s just so dumb and can never catch a break. Whatever he does, things just don’t go his way; that’s what makes his character so funny. On this DVD, the shorts are directed by Tex Avery and Michael Lah. Lah’s versions are funny but I don’t really like the way they were animated. Tex Avery was excellent at the animation, and he developed the Droopy Dog character into something great. There are a few earlier versions where Droopy’s got this different voice and look. Just didn’t seem right but eventually the character evolves into what he’s known for and how he looks. Besides having all these excellent shorts on one DVD, the cartoons also look great! The picture is really sharp, and you get some of the Michael Lah cartoons in widescreen!

If you are big fan of Droopy Dog, than you’ll want to check out the bonus features. There’s a retrospective on Tex Avery which people talk about how he was the master of sight gags and comedic timing. After that, be sure to watch the best of Droopy Dog moments. You get to see all the funny gags and jokes in one little featurette. If you ever laughed at one of these cartoons, you better go out and get this DVD! The more DVDs that get sold, the more Tex Avery cartoon DVDs I get to own! So get moving bub!

Droopy And Friends: A Laugh Back – Retrospective Look at Tex Avery’s Career and His Iconic Character
Doggone Gags: Grrrrreatly Funny Moments from the Droopy Series

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono CC

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)


Favorite Scenes: Three Little Pups, Dixieland Droopy, Deputy Droopy, Drag-A-Long Droopy, Homesteader Droopy, One Droopy Knight, Sheep Wrecked
Rating: NR
Running Time: 200 minutes
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