Western Animation: The Dick Tracy Show
The Dick Tracy Show is an American animated TV series based on Chester Gould's comic strip crime fighter. The series was produced by UPA for syndication in the 1961/62 season. The series consisted of 130 five-minute episodes, and each station used its own on-camera presenter, usually dressed in a police uniform.Instead of pursuing the criminals himself, Tracy assigned the cases to various second-stringers:
- Joe Jitsu, an Asian kung-fu master/detective.
- Go-Go Gomez, a laid-back Mexican master of disguise who could move surprisingly fast.
- Heap O'Calory, a stereotype Irish-American policeman.
- Hemlock Holmes, a British-accented bulldog who was accompanied by the Retouchables, a group similar to the Keystone Kops.
Tropes That Appear in The Dick Tracy Show
- Amazing Technicolor Population: One villain, Pruneface has purple skin. Oodles, another villain, has blue hair and light blue skin.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Mumbles
- Bully Bulldog: Averted with Hemlock Holmes
- Cool Cat: At the end of "Mardi Gras Grab," Joe Jitsu turns into a light brown one and plays the saxophone.
- Dog Stereotype: Hemlock Holmes is an English Bulldog with an English accent
- It's Always Mardi Gras in New Orleans: "Mardi Gras Grab"
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Heap O'Calory was a caricature of actor Andy Devine. Hemlock Holmes' voice was a cheap imitation of Cary Grant.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Dick Tracy is drawn semi-realistically, whereas everyone else, animal or human, is cartoony.
- Once per Episode: "HOLD EVERYTHING!!" <<<<<screeeeeeeech>>>>> "... calling Dick Tracy, calling Dick Tracy..."
- Overly Long Name: Go-Go Gomez is fond of reminding the viewer that his full name is "Manuel Tijuana Guadalajara Tampico Gomez ... Junior. — I theenk."
- Talking Animal: The carrier pigeon in "The Pigeon Coup" and Hemlock Holmes the Bulldog.
- The Unintelligible: The villain Mumbles
- Token Non-Human: Hemlock Holmes