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Western Animation: Honeys Money
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. In the end he leaves the house, only to realize that the abuse is worth five million dollars, whereupon he turns around and goes back.

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. Freleng recycled the script and gags yet again for the 1970 Roland and Ratfink cartoon "A Taste of Money".

Tropes:

  • 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.
  • Cheerful Child: Wentworth. In contrast to the Bratty Half-Pint used in "His Bitter Half", this rendition is a cheery if oafish lug whose 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 murder 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").
  • 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.
  • House Husband: Sam is forced to be this by his overbearing wife.
  • Mama Bear: With a stepfather like Yosemite Sam, that boy should be glad for having one.
  • Recycled Script: As mentioned above, it's premise is based heavily off of the previous Daffy Duck cartoon "His Bitter Half".
  • 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.
  • Villain Protagonist: As noted above, this is the only Looney Tunes short in which Sam is the star.
  • Wicked Stepfather: If trying to kill his stepson doesn't put Yosemite Sam into this trope, nothing will.
  • Worth It: Sam attempts to storm out at the end of the short much as Daffy did in it's predecessor, however 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.

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