Western Animation: Dudley Do-Right
Always do right, Dudley Do-Right!
Originally a supporting character on Rocky and Bullwinkle
, Dudley Do-Right
was an endearingly (to the audience, at least) incompetent officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, spoofing silent-movie melodramas. Apparently the only officer in his regiment, Dudley took orders from Inspector Ray Fenwick while protecting the inspector's daughter, Nell, as well as the rest of Canada, from the schemes of the wicked Snidely Whiplash. Or so he thinks. Truth is Dudley mostly saves the day by sheer luck or the competence of his horse, but he nevertheless takes credit just the same.
In the late 1960s, Dudley headlined his own half-hour Animated Anthology
series, which also included cartoons from Total Television, the creators of King Leonardo and His Short Subjects
(TTV and Jay Ward both used the services of Gamma Productions). In 1999, Universal
released an abysmal live-action Dudley Do-Right
movie directed by Hugh Wilson and starring Brendan Fraser
, Sarah Jessica Parker
and Alfred Molina
Dudley Do-Right provides examples of the following tropes: