Western Animation: Rover Dangerfield

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.
  • Asshole Victim: Rocky is not so subtly implied to get dragged off to be murdered offscreen by the mob. Trust us, you will not feel sorry for him.
  • 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, albeit in a "this really shouldn't be funny but it is" sort of way.
    • Rover continues to make humorous remarks as he's being taken into the forrest, no longer to amuse the other dogs but as a coping mechanism.
  • 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.
    • In a scene right out of Animal House, Rover valiantly saves the farm's turkey from a pack of hungry coyotes... and it dies anyway from shock!
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Yes, children, the silly turkey dies, on camera, mouth agape, eyes wide in terror.
    • And broken neck swaying.
  • 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: Rodney Dangerfield... AS A DOG!!!
  • 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.
    • Rover's "I'm a dumb mutt!" breakdown. It comes out of nowhere and is really dark.
  • Nice Guy: Raffles.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Rover Dangerfield, not hard to figure this out.
  • No Sense of Humor: The turkey.
  • One-Liner
  • Obviously Evil: Rocky.
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: Rover attempts this with the turkey. The farmer isn't fooled.
  • Sad Clown: When Rover is at his lowest point, he keeps making jokes as a coping mechanism.
  • 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.
  • Wham Line: After Cal finds Rover with the dead turkey and, despite Rover's efforts, decides he's had one too many chances.
    Cal: "Tomorrow morning, I'm gonna take him out and... (mumbling) kill him."