A 1991 animated feature film produced by Hyperion Pictures and released by Warner Bros.
, starring the voice talents of comedian Rodney Dangerfield
, who also wrote and co-produced the film. The story follows a street-smart dog named Rover, who is owned by a Las Vegas showgirl named Connie. One day Rover accidentally ruins an important deal between Connie's boyfriend, Rocky, and a group of gangsters. In revenge, Rocky stuffs Rover in a bag and tosses him over Hoover Dam. Rather than dying, Rover is saved downstream and ends up earning a living on a farm that's very different from the Strip.
This film contains examples of:
- Artistic License - Geography: Rover is thrown off the Hoover Dam, in the middle of the barren Mojave Desert, and washes up in an environment more like the Midwest.
- Babies Ever After
- Black Comedy Burst: The Turkey scene.
- Casanova Wannabe: Rover.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Rover.
- Dead Turkey Comedy: Averted. The turkey gets killed, but it ain't played for laughs.
- Well, afterwards it isn't, but the goofy way Rover tries to revive said Turkey clearly was meant to.
- Epic Fail: Rover fails so badly at sheep herding that when he turns his back on them to be with Daisy they've somehow gotten stuck up a tree.
- Executive Meddling: According to animation historian Jerry Beck, Rover Dangerfield was originally convinced as an animated feature for grown-ups(similar to how Rodney's humor is as well as the works of animator Ralph Bakshi). In the end it became a dumb downed version of Rodney dangerfield as it was heavy changed to a kids cartoon to compete against Disney.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Yes, children, the silly turkey dies, on camera, mouth agape, eyes wide in terror.
- Fanservice: There's a shot of Rover's owner in a very skimpy Las Vegas showgirl uniform at one point — it shows a shocking amount of skin considering it's in a movie for children.
- Fish Eyes: As is apparently common in cartoons of Rodney Dangerfield himself, Rover's eyes are often drawn slightly like this.
- Gender Equals Breed: Rover and Daisy's pups; 5 little Rovers and one little Daisy.
- Humanoid Female Animal: Inverted; the film provides a rare example of the opposite!
- Hurricane of Puns: In some scenes, the one-liners contain puns a lot.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Basically the main source for humor.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Rover to Rodney Dangerfield.
- Jerkass: Rocky, the nastiest dog-kicking classic "bad boy" you'll ever see. He totally deserved to see the Hoover Dam in the end.
- Long Bus Trip: Eddie, Rover's little buddy at the beginning. Whatever happened to him in the end?
- Mood Dissonance: Two characters are Killed Off for Real during the span of the movie, one on-screen and one off-screen, and both in rather dark ways. And Rover himself nearly gets the Old Yeller treatment after being wrongly suspected of killing the turkey.
- Nice Guy: Raffles.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Rover Dangerfield, not hard to figure this out.
- Obviously Evil: Rocky.
- Of Corpse He's Alive: Rover attempts this with the turkey. The farmer isn't fooled.
- Shoot the Dog: Subverted.
- The Renaissance Age of Animation: Came out during this era.
- Viva Las Vegas: Though most of the film takes place on a farm, the shots in Vegas have lots of scenes of flashing lights, casinos, and sequin clad feathery showgirls.