Western Animation / Honey's Money
is a 1962 Looney Tunes
animated short starring Yosemite Sam
. It was directed by Friz Freleng
Yosemite Sam finds out that a local widow has inherited five million dollars. He succeeds in marrying the widow, only to find out that she is a ballbusting shrew who forces him to do all the housework. She also reveals a hulking, dimwitted son that Sam has to look after. Sam tries and fails to get rid of the son, taking a lot of punishment in the process. While he storms out of the house with his bags packed, he concludes that the abuse is well
worth five million dollars (whereupon he turns around and goes running back).
This short was the most recent one listed in animation historian Jerry Beck's book The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes
, and one of only two released in the 1960s, giving this cartoon an argument as the last great Looney Tunes short of the classic era. The central premise and most of the gags are borrowed from
the Daffy Duck
cartoon "His Bitter Half
", made a dozen years earlier. It was changed to make the stepson more likeable and the stepfather more hateable. There's also reused animation from "Hare Trimmed
". Freleng recycled the script and gags yet again for the 1970 Roland and Ratfink
cartoon "A Taste of Money".
- The All-American Boy: Wentworth is a hilariously dimwitted version of this.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In line with the previous cartoon, the wealthy widow plays sweet long enough for Sam to marry her, upon which she immediately whips him into doing chores and taking care of her son that she had (somehow) kept secret from him. Hasty weddings are a blast arent they?
- Bowdlerization: On Nickelodeon, the part where Yosemite Sam tries to get rid of Wentworth by throwing a ball into traffic so he can go get it and get run over was cut to remove Wentworth getting the ball and not getting hit (as the censors don't want kids getting the idea that they can do the same thing and get the same results), but not the part where Sam tries again, only for his wife to catch him and force him to get the ball in traffic (only to get run over). Funnily enough, this cartoon was shown uncut on the channel from 1993 to 1995.
- Cheerful Child: Wentworth. In contrast to the Bratty Half-Pint used in "His Bitter Half", this rendition is a cheery if oafish lug who is oblivious to his step father trying to off him.
- Comedic Sociopathy: All Looney Tunes cartoons have this, of course, but this one takes it to a new level when Sam tries to off his innocent, trusting stepson.
- A Day in the Limelight: This is the only cartoon in the entire Looney Tunes canon where Yosemite Sam stars instead of playing the antagonist. It is also the only one of two Yosemite Sam cartoons where he isn't paired against Bugs Bunny (the other being 1947's "Along Came Daffy" - and even that might just be a Suspiciously Similar Substitute).
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: In line with most other Henpecked Husband cartoons, though Sam makes for a worthy Asshole Victim.
- Gentle Giant: Wentworth.
- Gold Digger: Sam. It backfires badly.
- Gonk: The widow, who sends Sam running in the opposite direciton when they meet, and only goes through with the wedding for the money. Also Wentworth, to a lesser extent.
- Henpecked Husband: Sam quickly realizes he bit off more than he can chew when his wife starts ordering him around.
- Mama Bear: With a stepfather like Yosemite Sam, that boy should be glad for having one.
- Shark Pool/Never Smile at a Crocodile: Sam puts alligators on the swimming pool to kill Wentworth. Wentworth jumps in and causes such a big splash that it sends all the alligators back towards Sam.
- Squashed Flat: Sam after being forced to run into traffic to get Wentworth's ball.
- Stock Footage: The scene where Sam walks up to the widow's door while muttering about what he'll do with her money is reused from Freleng's Hare Trimmed.
- Villain Protagonist: As noted above, this is the only Looney Tunes short in which Sam is the star.
- Vocal Dissonance: You'd expect a big Neanderthal like Wentworth to have a deep, oafish voice. He instead has a regular child's voice.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Sam's wife disappears for the rest of the cartoon after ordering him to get the ball from traffic.
- Wicked Stepfather: If trying to kill his stepson doesn't put Yosemite Sam into this trope, nothing does.
- Worth It: Sam attempts to storm out at the end of the short much as Daffy did in its predecessor; however, unlike Daffy, the thought of five million dollars is enough to send him running back.
- Would Hurt a Child: Sam. Not that he succeeds, mind you, but he does try.