Western Animation: Quick Draw McGraw

Watch where you point that thing.

"Why did Quick-Draw McGraw hang around with that freaky little mule?"
Trent Lane, Daria.

Yet another Talking Animal omnibus series from Hanna-Barbera, Quick Draw McGraw followed the adventures of the equine sheriff with an exaggerated southern drawl, who upheld law and order in The Wild West with the aid of Baba Looey, a Mexican burro with a Spanish accent, and Snuffles, a biscuit-mooching dog. Whenever Baba Looey questioned his partner's motives, Quick Draw uttered his Catch Phrase: "Hold on thar, Baba Looey! I'll do the thin'in' around here, and dooon't you for-git it!" Upon which hilarity ensued.

The cartoon spoofed nearly every Western trope known. Sometimes, Quick Draw assumed the heroic identity of the swashbuckling El Kabong, bashing outlaws with his guitar. There were two supporting segments: Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy (a single parent dog raising his son) and Super Snooper and Blabbermouse (the misadventures of two Detective Animals). Quick-Draw/El Kabong was also in an episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, in which the right to wield a guitar was treated in a manner similar to gun law debates.

This series provides examples of:

  • Accessory Wearing Cartoon Animals: Quick Draw, Baba Looey and Doggie Daddy.
    • Except that Doggie Daddy wore a dog collar, which most dogs wear anyway.
  • Animated Anthology
  • Ash Face: As demonstrated in the trope image.
  • Bandito: Referred to by name.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animals: Snooper and Blabber. Matter of fact, none of the main characters wear shoes.
    • Except Quick-Draw...
  • The Cameo: Yogi Bear cameos in an Augie Doggie cartoon.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'll do the thin'in around here, and don't you forget it!"
    • "Now hold on thar!"
    • "Ooh, that smarts!"
  • Chaste Toons: Averted, of course, with Doggie Daddy. Also averted in the Quick Draw McGraw short El Kabong, Jr., though Junior was never heard from again.
  • Courtroom Episode: One episode was about a trial where Baba Looey was testifying for the prosecution.
  • Detective Animal: Snooper and Blabber are a cat-and-mouse detective team.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Snagglepuss appears in episodes of each segment as an antagonist. He's colored a deep orange. Also, Hardy Har Har (a lugubrious hyena) was seen in a Snooper & Blabber cartoon before being paired with Lippy the Lion for their own adventures.
  • Evil Twin: Horse-Face Harry.
    • A Snooper and Blabber episode has an evil scientist creating an army of Snooper robots programmed to commit crimes, so Snooper has to thwart the scientist and clear himself. After he does:
      Policeman: Good work, Snooper. You'll get a big reward for capturing this criminal.
      Snooper: Reward?! I just wanted to clear me good name. I ain't interested in no reward! And when do I collect it?
  • Expy: Quick Draw's alter ego, El Kabong, seems to be a nod toward El Zorro. In an in-house example, Snuffles' exaggerated reaction (to "dawwwg bis-kits", in his case) would be shared by a number of Hanna-Barbera pooches in response to a variety of treats.
    • Quick Draw had another 'alter ego', The Whip (with Baba Looey as The Whippersnaper) based on either Lash Larue, King of the Bullwhips, or Whip Wilson.
      • Leonardo-TTV (creators of Underdog) made an unsold pilot in 1966 called Gene Hattree, a Quick Draw expy in that it starred a singing lawman horse who wasn't very effective.
  • Funny Animal
  • Furry Confusion: The hero is an anthropomorphic horse. But since the setting is the Old West, many real horses also appear. Not immediately noticeable because the real horses tend to be more realistically drawn and the hero is roughly human-sized. And, of course, Quick Draw himself is never seen riding a horse!
    • In the opening of his TV show, Quick Draw was seen driving a stagecoach pulled by two horses.
  • The Ghost: Snooper and Blabber's secretary Hazel, who communicates to the duo via a two-way car radio. She fills them in on any calls for a case and the status of her parakeet's health.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Augie Doggie.
  • I Don't Pay You to Think: "Hoold on there, Baba Louie! I'll do all the thin'ing around here, and dooon't you forget it!"
  • Instrument of Murder: El Kabong's guitar.
  • Malaproper: In "Bull Leave Me", Quick Draw is in Argentina helping an estate owner rid his land of a smart-aleck bull. The owner tests Quick Draw on his credibility as a gaucho:
    Owner: What is a gaucho?
    Quick Draw: A gaucho is one of the Marx Brothers!
    • In an episode taking place in a courtroom, an attorney objects to testimony that is "irrelevent, immaterial, and calls for a conclusion on the part of the witness." Later in the cartoon, Quick Draw objects that the testimony is "an elephant, a cereal, and calls for a concussion on the part of the witness."
  • Missing Mom: Doggie Daddy is a single father raising his son, Augie.
  • Moral Dissonance: In the Augie Doggie cartoon "Talk It Up, Pup", Augie gives Doggie Daddy the silent treatment for 24 hours because Doggie Daddy (as umpire) called Augie out on strikes to end a Little League baseball game. "It was right over the plate," Doggie Daddy states, but Augie purely believes that nepotism should have prevailed and the rule should have been waived on his behalf. Doggie Daddy's attempts to get Augie to talk results in him being hospitalized at the end, and only after the 24 hours are up does Augie start speaking to him again.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Snooper is patterned after Archie the bartender from the 1940s radio comedy Duffy's Tavern, and Doggie Daddy's voice is patterned after Jimmy Durante.
    • The antagonist of the Quick Draw cartoon "Yippee Coyote" caricatures the mannerisms and voice of Jerry Lewis.
    • Snagglepuss is Bert Lahr - specifically, his Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz.
  • Nothing but Skin and Bones: In one cartoon, Snagglepuss steals one of Quick-Draw's biggest, fattest sheep, then shears it down to prepare it for dinner. It is then that he discovers that the sheep is rail thin underneath its wool.
    Snagglepuss: They don't call him "Wooly Boy" for nothin'!
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: Zig-zagged — Blabber slurs his "S's" when he talks.
  • Western Characters
  • The Wild West

Alternative Title(s):

Quick Draw Mc Graw