Western Animation / The Fox And The Crow

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Fauntleroy Fox and Crawford Crow, in a scene from one of their early shorts.

The Fox And The Crow is a series of short subjects created for Columbia Pictures by their Screen Gems cartoon outlet. The shorts are centered around the eponymous characters, Fauntleroy Fox and Crawford Crow.

The first film in the series, "The Fox and the Grapes" was directed by ex-Looney Tunes veteran Frank Tashlin, and was an experimental short in using a classic "blackout gag" format: this makes it feel like a woodland precursor to the Chuck Jones Road Runner cartoons—Jones even cited that short as an influence on the series! The plot established the relationship between the duo, with the dim-witted Fauntleroy going about his business, only for the crow to decide to pester him for the sake of it.

After this, the series branched out to become a more standard issue gag series, lasting for several more shorts. When United Productions of America (UPA) took over cartoon production for Columbia, they did three Fox and Crow shorts out of contractual obligation before retiring the characters for good to concentrate on their own creations, like Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoing-Boing.

Curiously, the series didn't run particular long in theaters, but it was popular enough to recieve a hit comic series, which ran for an impressive 20 years.


    Filmography 
  • The Fox and the Grapes (1941): Debut of the series.
  • Woodman Spare That Tree (1942)
  • Toll-Bridge Troubles (1942)
  • Slay It With Flowers (1943)
  • Plenty Below Zero (1943)
  • Tree for Two (1943)
  • A-Hunting We Won't Go (1943)
  • Room and Bored (1943)
  • Way Down Yonder In the Corn (1943)
  • The Dream Kids (1944)
  • Mr. Moocher (1944)
  • Be Patient, Patient (1944)
  • The Egg-Yegg (1944)
  • Ku-Ku Nuts (1945)
  • Treasure Jest (1945)
  • Phoney Baloney (1945)
  • Foxy Flatfoots (1946)
  • Unsure Runts (1946)
  • Mysto Fox (1946)
  • Tooth or Consequences (1947)
  • Robin Hoodlum (1948): First of the three UPA Fox and Crows.
  • The Magic Fluke (1949): Second UPA Fox and Crow.
  • Grape Nutty (1949): Screen Gems holdover.
  • Punchy De Leon (1950): Last Fox and Crow short, last UPA Fox and Crow.

Tropes:

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Crawford only wears a bowler hat.
  • Alliterative Names: The eponymous duo.
  • Butt Monkey: Fauntleroy, always being tricked by Crawford into blackmail or abusive antics due to his "sucker"-ness.
  • Camera Abuse: At the end of "Way Down Yonder In the Corn", Fauntleroy (disguised as "Sidney Scarecrow") chases Crawford (who also disguised himself a scarecrow earlier) all over places as revenge for tricking him into being blown up in a safe, and then they end up fighting on a roller coaster until Crawford tells Fauntleroy how he's a great straight man and they both reconcile by shaking hands - only for the roller coaster to drive them towards the camera (as they hold each other for dear life) and smash into the screen. Cue smash cut to the Columbia torch lady and thus ends the cartoon.
  • Canon Immigrant: The characters are part of the comic series Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!: Like most of DC Comics's old funny animal characters, the Fox and The Crow officially inhabit the cartoon universe of Earth-C.
    • Because of this, they're probably the only characters to exist within the DC Universe that don't actually belong to DC Comics.
      • Oddly enough, they also make an appearance in Inferior Five #7, leading one to speculate if they have counterparts on Earth-12.
  • Cartoon Conductor: Fauntleroy in "The Magic Fluke", thanks to his baton being replaced by a magician's wand.
  • Catch Phrase: Fauntleroy's "I hate you, hate you, HATE YOU!" and Crowford's "Hey, Foxie!".
  • Clever Crows: Crawford.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Fauntleroy.
  • The Determinator: Fauntleroy, in the first short anyway.
  • Dream Weaver: "The Dream Kids" is about Crawford wrecking Fauntleroy's dream by stealing his dream girlfriend (a female fox). Also crosses with Dream Walker.
  • Elevator Gag: Crawford has an elevator in his tree home.
  • Fountain of Youth: The final cartoon, "Punchy De Leon" has Fauntleroy and Crawford as con men who claim to have found the Fountain, hoping to get rewarded by the King of Spain. When the King wants them to bring it for real, they set off to Florida to find it.
  • Funny Animal: Crawford Crow.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Both characters.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Fauntleroy.
  • Insurance Fraud: "Unsure Runts" has Crawford trying to damage Fauntleroy's home insurance in a series of attempts to cheat him for his money (i.e. flooding his house with a hose, etc.), culminating in him blowing up Fauntleroy's house with a bunch of dynamites underneath it.
  • Jerk Ass: Fauntleroy can be this at times. He also falls into Break the Haughty.
  • Later Installment Weirdness: The UPA shorts are drastically more fantastical or imagination-based than all the other shorts.
  • Limited Animation: The UPA shorts.
  • Mel Blanc: Provided the voices of the title characters in their first cartoon.
  • Nice Hat: Fauntleroy's boater hat and Crawford's derby hat.
  • No Ending: The abrupt end of "Room and Bored".
  • Nonhumans Lack Attributes: In "Mr. Moocher", when Fauntleroy is taking a bath, he stands up revealing his green Goofy Print Underwear...and covers his crotch in embarrassment as if he's naked (while he's not). Then he gets out and puts a towel around his waist with his underwear still on.
  • The Noun and the Noun
  • Screwy Squirrel: The Crow.
  • Shout-Out: In "Mysto Fox", Crawford Crow does a Bugs Bunny impersonation.
  • Tree Buchet: Done in the first cartoon when Fauntleroy tries to launch himself this way, but just gets smacked back and forth on the ground.
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: Although it varies from short to short.
  • Zany Cartoon

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