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Western Animation: The Dover Boys

"A runabout! I'LL STEAL IT! NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW!"
Dan Backslide (coward-bully-cad-and-thief)

A 1942 Merrie Melodies short subject directed by Chuck Jones, "The Dover Boys At Pimento University" or "The Rivals of Roquefort Hall" (or just "The Dover Boys" for short) is an animated parody of a series of early 20th Century juvenile fiction novels called "the Rover Boys". This was also Chuck's first attempt at making a cartoon that was actually funny — unlike the cloying cuteness and Disney-like nature of his Sniffles the Mouse cartoons. It was also an early experiment with stylized, Limited Animation, as well as motion blurring, but because of this, it almost got Chuck fired — he just barely managed to avoid the pink slip from his boss.

This cartoon was voted No. 49 on The 50 Greatest Cartoons list, and has also made it onto The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes list. The short has also fallen into the public domain and can be viewed here. Columbia Cartoons even made their own knockoff of it, 1943's "The Rocky Road To Ruin".

The Dover Boys were also used in an Animaniacs Slappy Squirrel Short, acting as musical narrators to Daniel Boone.

Unmarked spoilers abound. If you have a problem with that, just watch the cartoon first. It's only 9 minutes long.

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