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

A [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1942]] [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short subject directed by ChuckJones, '''"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 [[TastesLikeDiabetes cloying cuteness]] and [[DisneyFication Disney-like nature]] of his [[Characters/LooneyTunes Sniffles the Mouse]] cartoons. It was also an early experiment with stylized, LimitedAnimation, as well as [[MotionBlur motion blurring]], but because of this, it ''almost'' [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity got Chuck fired]] -- he just barely managed to avoid the pink slip from his boss.

This cartoon was voted No. 49 on ''The50GreatestCartoons'' list, and has also made it onto ''The100GreatestLooneyTunes'' list. The short has also fallen into the public domain and can be viewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpOPyjmB8SI here]]. ColumbiaCartoons even made their own [[FollowTheLeader knockoff]] of it, 1943's "The Rocky Road To Ruin".

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

Unmarked spoilers abound. If you have a problem with that, just watch the cartoon first. It's only 9 minutes long.
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!!This short provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Rescue? Dora don't need no rescue!
** A subversion. Even though she effortlessly [[WaifFu hurls Dan Backslide across the room]] when he tries to advance on her, she continues calling for Tom, Dick, and Larry to save her. And then she absconds with the RunningGag guy after the Dover Boys knock each other out, subverting their BigDamnHeroes moment.
* TheAlcoholic:
-->'''Dan''': "THEY DRIVE ME TO DRINK!" ''(Cue rapid shot-taking)''
* AlcoholHic: Dan, shortly after downing a dozen or so shots.
* AllForNothing: [[spoiler:Dora is the sole reason Dan and the Dover Boys have conflict. In the aftermath when all four of them are knocked unconscious, Dora shows up being courted by somebody else.]]
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Dan Backslide is '''blue!'''
* BadGuysPlayPool: At a certain public house, [[BadGuyBar "a tavern of ill repute"]].
* BrickJoke: The old man in an old fashioned bathing suit who keeps popping up out of nowhere in the short to the tune of "While Strolling Through the Park One Day" goes off with Dora in the end.
* CrossCounter: A three-way one, delivered by each of the Dover Boys simultaneously to the other two Dover Boys.
* DamselFightAndFlightResponse: Spoofed, as it's the distressed damsel who seriously beats up the villain ''while'' calling for help. This is distressed?
* DastardlyWhiplash: Dan Backslide, [[RunningGag coward-bully-cad-and-thief]].
* EitherOrTitle
* {{Expy}}: The Dover Boys are, of course, parody expies of [[StratemeyerSyndicate Edward Stratemeyer's]] "Rover Boys," Dick, Tom, and Sam (and their schoolfellows, Larry, Fred, and Frank). "Dan Backslide" represents the villain of the books, Dan Baxter.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Dan kidnaps Dora as she's grasping a tree while counting for Hide-and-Seek, she rips the tree out of the ground without losing a beat or realizing she's being taken. As we later find, she's strong enough to tie Dan in a knot.
** Even earlier, at the tavern, Dan places a picture of Dora in front of a poster showing a muscled man. The picture, of Dora's face, covers the man's head. [[FridgeBrilliance And we know how strong Dora really is...]]
* FunWithAcronyms: Pimento University. Pimento U. [[DontExplainTheJoke Good ol' P.U.]]
* TheGayNineties: The setting of this short.
* GoldDigger: Dan Backslide, who really loves Dora Stanpipe......[[LastSecondWordSwap 's father's money]].
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Dan Backslide uses a cigarette holder -- of course he must be a coward-bully-cad-and-thief.
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: The ''Handbook of Useful Information'' which informs Dan Backslide "How Best to Remove Young Lady from Tree (Fig. 1)."
* HamToHamCombat: "UNHAND HER, DAN BACKSLIDE!"
* HaveAGayOldTime: "A gay outing at the park has been planned by the merry trio".
** "I HATE TOM! I HATE DICK! I HATE LARRY!"
* HeyItsThatVoice: The narration is done by John [=McLiesh=], best known for narrating the Goofy "How To" ClassicDisneyShorts.
* HornedHairdo: Dan Backslide has this.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: The Dover Boys drive Dan Backslide to drink. To drive the point home, he then goes over to the bar and does a baker's dozen shots in the span of about four seconds (with the barkeep knocking one back in the process).
* InsistentTerminology: Dan Backslide (coward-bully-cad-and-thief).
* IronicEcho: Dora Stanpipe on being captured by Dan Backslide.
-->'''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!
* LargeHam: Dan Backslide.
** More like a WorldOfHam, complete with LemonyNarrator.
* LastSecondWordSwap: "...Dora Stanpipe! Dear, Rich DORA STANPIPE! HOW I LOVE HER ... [-[[AsideGlance *aside glance*]]-] [-father's money-]."
** Also "And Larry, the youngest of the three jer-- ah, um, brothers."
* LateToThePunchline: Wait... so Dora is the fiancee of all three of the Dover Boys?
* LimitedAnimation: Or, at least, extreme stylization.
* LovableJock: [[http://tesla.liketelevision.com/liketelevision/images/lowrez/doverb213.jpg Tom]]
* MotionBlur: This short pioneered the use of the smear, in which the characters appear elongated for two or three frames as they zip from one pose to the next. JohnKricfalusi has [[http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2009/07/smears-and-poses.html an analysis on this and the poses]], and explains how the cartoon influenced his style.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Dan Backslide announces his plan to steal a car with all the enthusiasm of someone about to steal the Statue of Liberty.
* NoIndoorVoice: Dan Backslide.
* StandardSnippet: As might be expected from Carl Stalling -- the score is punctuated by a number of college and popular turn-of-the-century songs, (''e.g.'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tDVABEmi_k Far Above Cayuga's Waters]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH5iKNSBLr0 Sweet Genevieve]]," "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jTdgM66mWg In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree]]", and of course; "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSCQtHs0dk While Strolling Through the Park One Day]]"). Another scene-setter, for the "tavern of ill-repute'', is the 19th century MurderBallad "Frankie and Johnny."
* OffhandBackhand: Dora to Dan, as she continues to call for help.
* PityTheKidnapper: By the time the boys got to the shack Dan Backslide is beaten black and blue by Dora.
* {{Polyamory}}: As mentioned above.
* PurpleProse: The narration wonderfully parodies the frothy, cliché-ridden prose of the Edwardian boys' novel.
* RuleOfThree: "Unhand her, Dan Backslide!!"
** [[LampshadeHanging The Repetition is lampshaded]] with "Hey, we're getting in a rut!"
* RunningGag: The old man with the bathing suit and sailor hat. He gets Dora in the end.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: How Dan gets Dora (once she's removed from the tree) to go with him to the runabout.
* StraightEdge: The Dover Boys could easily qualify as a [[TheGayNineties Gay Nineties]] variation.
* TooDumbToLive: Even as she repeatedly {{Offhand Backhand}}s her captor, she continues to bang on the door calling for help. A door that's visibly locked from the side she's on. She needs help, all right.
* WithCatlikeTread: When Dan Backslide sees the Dover Boys hiding under his pool table, he shouts his dastardly plans at the top of his lungs. The boys, some two-and-a-half feet away, don't seem to notice:
-->"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!"

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-->"Now is the time to say 'goodbye.' [[TheStinger Goodbye.]]"

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

A [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1942]] [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short subject directed by ChuckJones, '''"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 [[TastesLikeDiabetes cloying cuteness]] and [[DisneyFication Disney-like nature]] of his [[Characters/LooneyTunes Sniffles the Mouse]] cartoons. It was also an early experiment with stylized, LimitedAnimation, as well as [[MotionBlur motion blurring]], but because of this, it ''almost'' [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity got Chuck fired]] -- he just barely managed to avoid the pink slip from his boss.

This cartoon was voted No. 49 on ''The50GreatestCartoons'' list, and has also made it onto ''The100GreatestLooneyTunes'' list. The short has also fallen into the public domain and can be viewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpOPyjmB8SI here]]. ColumbiaCartoons even made their own [[FollowTheLeader knockoff]] of it, 1943's "The Rocky Road To Ruin".

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

Unmarked spoilers abound. If you have a problem with that, just watch the cartoon first. It's only 9 minutes long.
----
!!This short provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Rescue? Dora don't need no rescue!
** A subversion. Even though she effortlessly [[WaifFu hurls Dan Backslide across the room]] when he tries to advance on her, she continues calling for Tom, Dick, and Larry to save her. And then she absconds with the RunningGag guy after the Dover Boys knock each other out, subverting their BigDamnHeroes moment.
* TheAlcoholic:
-->'''Dan''': "THEY DRIVE ME TO DRINK!" ''(Cue rapid shot-taking)''
* AlcoholHic: Dan, shortly after downing a dozen or so shots.
* AllForNothing: [[spoiler:Dora is the sole reason Dan and the Dover Boys have conflict. In the aftermath when all four of them are knocked unconscious, Dora shows up being courted by somebody else.]]
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Dan Backslide is '''blue!'''
* BadGuysPlayPool: At a certain public house, [[BadGuyBar "a tavern of ill repute"]].
* BrickJoke: The old man in an old fashioned bathing suit who keeps popping up out of nowhere in the short to the tune of "While Strolling Through the Park One Day" goes off with Dora in the end.
* CrossCounter: A three-way one, delivered by each of the Dover Boys simultaneously to the other two Dover Boys.
* DamselFightAndFlightResponse: Spoofed, as it's the distressed damsel who seriously beats up the villain ''while'' calling for help. This is distressed?
* DastardlyWhiplash: Dan Backslide, [[RunningGag coward-bully-cad-and-thief]].
* EitherOrTitle
* {{Expy}}: The Dover Boys are, of course, parody expies of [[StratemeyerSyndicate Edward Stratemeyer's]] "Rover Boys," Dick, Tom, and Sam (and their schoolfellows, Larry, Fred, and Frank). "Dan Backslide" represents the villain of the books, Dan Baxter.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Dan kidnaps Dora as she's grasping a tree while counting for Hide-and-Seek, she rips the tree out of the ground without losing a beat or realizing she's being taken. As we later find, she's strong enough to tie Dan in a knot.
** Even earlier, at the tavern, Dan places a picture of Dora in front of a poster showing a muscled man. The picture, of Dora's face, covers the man's head. [[FridgeBrilliance And we know how strong Dora really is...]]
* FunWithAcronyms: Pimento University. Pimento U. [[DontExplainTheJoke Good ol' P.U.]]
* TheGayNineties: The setting of this short.
* GoldDigger: Dan Backslide, who really loves Dora Stanpipe......[[LastSecondWordSwap 's father's money]].
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Dan Backslide uses a cigarette holder -- of course he must be a coward-bully-cad-and-thief.
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: The ''Handbook of Useful Information'' which informs Dan Backslide "How Best to Remove Young Lady from Tree (Fig. 1)."
* HamToHamCombat: "UNHAND HER, DAN BACKSLIDE!"
* HaveAGayOldTime: "A gay outing at the park has been planned by the merry trio".
** "I HATE TOM! I HATE DICK! I HATE LARRY!"
* HeyItsThatVoice: The narration is done by John [=McLiesh=], best known for narrating the Goofy "How To" ClassicDisneyShorts.
* HornedHairdo: Dan Backslide has this.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: The Dover Boys drive Dan Backslide to drink. To drive the point home, he then goes over to the bar and does a baker's dozen shots in the span of about four seconds (with the barkeep knocking one back in the process).
* InsistentTerminology: Dan Backslide (coward-bully-cad-and-thief).
* IronicEcho: Dora Stanpipe on being captured by Dan Backslide.
-->'''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!
* LargeHam: Dan Backslide.
** More like a WorldOfHam, complete with LemonyNarrator.
* LastSecondWordSwap: "...Dora Stanpipe! Dear, Rich DORA STANPIPE! HOW I LOVE HER ... [-[[AsideGlance *aside glance*]]-] [-father's money-]."
** Also "And Larry, the youngest of the three jer-- ah, um, brothers."
* LateToThePunchline: Wait... so Dora is the fiancee of all three of the Dover Boys?
* LimitedAnimation: Or, at least, extreme stylization.
* LovableJock: [[http://tesla.liketelevision.com/liketelevision/images/lowrez/doverb213.jpg Tom]]
* MotionBlur: This short pioneered the use of the smear, in which the characters appear elongated for two or three frames as they zip from one pose to the next. JohnKricfalusi has [[http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2009/07/smears-and-poses.html an analysis on this and the poses]], and explains how the cartoon influenced his style.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Dan Backslide announces his plan to steal a car with all the enthusiasm of someone about to steal the Statue of Liberty.
* NoIndoorVoice: Dan Backslide.
* StandardSnippet: As might be expected from Carl Stalling -- the score is punctuated by a number of college and popular turn-of-the-century songs, (''e.g.'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tDVABEmi_k Far Above Cayuga's Waters]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH5iKNSBLr0 Sweet Genevieve]]," "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jTdgM66mWg In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree]]", and of course; "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSCQtHs0dk While Strolling Through the Park One Day]]"). Another scene-setter, for the "tavern of ill-repute'', is the 19th century MurderBallad "Frankie and Johnny."
* OffhandBackhand: Dora to Dan, as she continues to call for help.
* PityTheKidnapper: By the time the boys got to the shack Dan Backslide is beaten black and blue by Dora.
* {{Polyamory}}: As mentioned above.
* PurpleProse: The narration wonderfully parodies the frothy, cliché-ridden prose of the Edwardian boys' novel.
* RuleOfThree: "Unhand her, Dan Backslide!!"
** [[LampshadeHanging The Repetition is lampshaded]] with "Hey, we're getting in a rut!"
* RunningGag: The old man with the bathing suit and sailor hat. He gets Dora in the end.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: How Dan gets Dora (once she's removed from the tree) to go with him to the runabout.
* StraightEdge: The Dover Boys could easily qualify as a [[TheGayNineties Gay Nineties]] variation.
* TooDumbToLive: Even as she repeatedly {{Offhand Backhand}}s her captor, she continues to bang on the door calling for help. A door that's visibly locked from the side she's on. She needs help, all right.
* WithCatlikeTread: When Dan Backslide sees the Dover Boys hiding under his pool table, he shouts his dastardly plans at the top of his lungs. The boys, some two-and-a-half feet away, don't seem to notice:
-->"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!"

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-->"Now is the time to say 'goodbye.' [[TheStinger Goodbye.]]"
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8th Jan '14 9:10:13 PM OddHack
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* StandardFemaleGrabArea: How Dan gets Dora (once she's removed from the tree) to go with him to the runabout.
3rd Nov '13 12:19:04 PM Oecchi
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* GoldDigger: Dan Backslide, who really loves Dora Stanpipe......[[LastSecondWordSwap's father's money]].

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* GoldDigger: Dan Backslide, who really loves Dora Stanpipe......[[LastSecondWordSwap's [[LastSecondWordSwap 's father's money]].
3rd Nov '13 12:18:24 PM Oecchi
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* GoldDigger: Dan Backslide, who really loves Dora Stanpipe......[LastSecondWordSwap's father's money]].

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* GoldDigger: Dan Backslide, who really loves Dora Stanpipe......[LastSecondWordSwap's [[LastSecondWordSwap's father's money]].
3rd Nov '13 12:18:03 PM Oecchi
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* GoldDigger: Dan Backslide, who really loves Dora Stanpipe......[LastSecondWordSwap's father's money]].
3rd Sep '13 8:46:30 PM Vox
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* StandardSnippet: As might be expected from Carl Stalling -- the score is punctuated by a number of college and popular turn-of-the-century songs, (''e.g.'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tDVABEmi_k Far Above Cayuga's Waters]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH5iKNSBLr0 Sweet Genevieve]]," "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jTdgM66mWg In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree]]", and of course; "While Strolling Through the Park One Day"). Another scene-setter, for the "tavern of ill-repute'', is the 19th century MurderBallad "Frankie and Johnny."

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* StandardSnippet: As might be expected from Carl Stalling -- the score is punctuated by a number of college and popular turn-of-the-century songs, (''e.g.'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tDVABEmi_k Far Above Cayuga's Waters]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH5iKNSBLr0 Sweet Genevieve]]," "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jTdgM66mWg In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree]]", and of course; "While "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSCQtHs0dk While Strolling Through the Park One Day").Day]]"). Another scene-setter, for the "tavern of ill-repute'', is the 19th century MurderBallad "Frankie and Johnny."
3rd Sep '13 8:43:57 PM Vox
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* StandardSnippet: As might be expected from Carl Stalling -- the score is punctuated by a number of college and popular turn-of-the-century songs, (''e.g.'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tDVABEmi_k Far Above Cayuga's Waters]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH5iKNSBLr0 Sweet Genevieve]]," and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jTdgM66mWg In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree]]"). Another scene-setter, for the "tavern of ill-repute'', is the 19th century MurderBallad "Frankie and Johnny."

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* StandardSnippet: As might be expected from Carl Stalling -- the score is punctuated by a number of college and popular turn-of-the-century songs, (''e.g.'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tDVABEmi_k Far Above Cayuga's Waters]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH5iKNSBLr0 Sweet Genevieve]]," and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jTdgM66mWg In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree]]").Tree]]", and of course; "While Strolling Through the Park One Day"). Another scene-setter, for the "tavern of ill-repute'', is the 19th century MurderBallad "Frankie and Johnny."
3rd Sep '13 6:13:14 AM Viira
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Unmarked spoilers abound.[[hottip:*:If you have a problem with that, just watch the cartoon first. It's only 9 minutes long.]]

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Unmarked spoilers abound.[[hottip:*:If If you have a problem with that, just watch the cartoon first. It's only 9 minutes long.]]
6th Aug '13 9:00:44 PM MoPete
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** Also "And Larry, the youngest of the three jer-- ah, um, brothers."
6th Aug '13 8:59:56 PM MoPete
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** [[LampshadeHanging The Repetition is lampshaded]] with "Hey, we're getting in a rut!"
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