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* SnakeOilSalesman: The fourth victim seems to be one of these, "diagnosing" the Daltons with a multitude of illnesses and praising his elixir as the cure they need.


''La Ballade des Dalton'' ("''The Ballad of the Daltons''") is the second animated adaptation in the ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' series, after ''Daisy Town'' (1971). The film was released in 1978 by the same company that made ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'' (1976), which also explains why the plot is kind of similar. Like its predecessor, it also has a very good animation quality (though due to financial restrictions the film doesn't contain any "animation effects" like the ghosts of ''The Twelve Tasks'').

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''La Ballade des Dalton'' ("''The Ballad of the Daltons''") is the second animated film adaptation in of the ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' series, after ''Daisy Town'' (1971). The film was released in 1978 by the same company that made ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'' (1976), which also explains why the plot is kind of similar. Like its predecessor, it also has a very good animation quality (though due to financial restrictions the film doesn't contain any "animation effects" like the ghosts of ''The Twelve Tasks'').


6. Sam Game A former gambler who saw the light and became a clergyman (even though he still uses and references gambling terms in his sermons.). He is killed in a game of Russian roulette, which, of course, turns out to be faked.

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6. Sam Game A former gambler who saw the light and became a clergyman (even though he still uses and references gambling terms in his sermons.).sermons). He is killed in a game of Russian roulette, which, of course, turns out to be faked.



** Juries for capital felonies generally have twelve jurors, not eight (This is understandable from a Doylist perspective -- thirteen targets instead of nine would have added at least another half an hour to the movie).

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** Juries for capital felonies generally have twelve jurors, not eight eight. (This is understandable from a Doylist perspective -- thirteen targets instead of nine would have added at least another half an hour to the movie).movie.)



* CurbStompBattle: After the Daltons learn that they've been had and all their targets are still alive, Lucky Luke takes them all down so quickly that it's obvious that he could have recaptured them and shipped them back to prison at any time, from the moment he said he agreed to the plan and was given his gun back. He was probably just playing along with their scheme so that they could be seen to have failed and get the money sent to the orphanage.

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* CurbStompBattle: After the Daltons learn that they've been had and all their targets are still alive, Lucky Luke takes them all down so quickly that it's obvious that he could have recaptured them and shipped them back to prison at any time, from the moment he said he agreed to the plan and was given his gun back. He was probably just playing along with their scheme so that they could be seen to have failed and get the money sent to the orphanage.



* EverybodyLives: For a film where many characters get murdered or commit suicide there's only one real death in this movie and it happens off-screen before the story got started: the Daltons' uncle.

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* EverybodyLives: For a film where many characters apparently get murdered or commit suicide suicide, there's only one real death in this movie and it happens off-screen before the story got started: the Daltons' uncle.



** Ming Li-Foo is a short, yellow Chinese man with an imbecilic grin, long pony tail who speaks {{Engrish}} and is a proprietor of laundry who happens to know kung-fu. He is even referred to as a "Chinaman".

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** Ming Li-Foo is a short, yellow Chinese man with an imbecilic grin, long pony tail tail, who speaks {{Engrish}} and is a proprietor of laundry who happens to know kung-fu. He is even referred to as a "Chinaman".



* PlayAlongPrisoner: Lucky Luke could have taken the Daltons down the moment he got his gun back, but played along with their scheme so that Henry Dalton's estate would end up going to the orphanage. Plus he was having fun.

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* PlayAlongPrisoner: Lucky Luke could have taken the Daltons down the moment he got his gun back, but played plays along with their scheme so that Henry Dalton's estate would end up going to the orphanage. Plus he was is having fun.



* RussianRoulette: Sam Game chooses to play this game. Every chamber was loaded with blanks.

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* RussianRoulette: Sam Game chooses to play this game. Every chamber was is loaded with blanks.



* ThatPoorCat: The Daltons' initial encounter with Luke, he's holding Rantanplan, and has to drop him to raise his arms, with the appropriate cry of panic from the dog.

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* ThatPoorCat: The During the Daltons' initial encounter with Luke, he's holding Rantanplan, Rantanplan and has to drop him to raise his arms, with the appropriate cry of panic from the dog.


* OneDimensionalThinking: Rantanplan flees before a derailed for a quite lengthy sequence. He could have easily swerved at any time, but of course he's too stupid to ever think of that.

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* OneDimensionalThinking: Rantanplan flees before a derailed train for a quite lengthy sequence. He could have easily swerved at any time, but of course he's too stupid to ever think of that.

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* ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt: A kid sells to the Daltons the extra edition of the newspaper announcing the murder of Judge Grudy by one "Averell Smith". Of course, the newspaper is a fake dictated by Lucky Luke, and the kid winks at him.

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* WhyAreYouLookingAtMeLikeThat: Said by Averell when his brothers decide he'll be the one to participate in the rodeo, after they see the mustangs ''demolishing'' every cowboy trying to ride them.

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* {{Undertaker}}: Thadeus Bones is the typical caricature found in the comics, with green skin, a vulture pet, and ready to take the measurement of any newcomer in town.

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* OneDimensionalThinking: Rantanplan flees before a derailed for a quite lengthy sequence. He could have easily swerved at any time, but of course he's too stupid to ever think of that.

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* ObsessiveCompulsiveBarkeeping: The bartender giving the Daltons the whereabouts of Sam Game never stops cleaning the same glass.


1. Ming Li Foo - A Chinese laundryman. Luke motivates the Daltons to wash their clothes first. While they are in the nude Ming Li Foo flees out of the store. Since they are naked they ask Luke to chase Ming for them. After a martial arts fight sequence Luke is able to get Ming to fake his own death before the Daltons are back.

2. Thadeus Collins - A jail warden, whose entire prison population tunneled out to freedom. The Daltons tunnel into the prison and blow it up, not knowing that the warden had already left using one of the tunnels.

3. Snake Feather - A Native American witch doctor. He gives the Daltons some magic mushrooms, causing them to hallucinate a bizarre dream sequence. When they awake Luke informs them that they have already killed him.

4. Dr. Aldous Smith - A traveling quack doctor whom the Daltons force to drink his own medicine. He drops dead, though he actually just fainted because he was not used to drinking water.

5. Tom O' Connor - An old timer who supposedly disappeared into his gold mine. Luke meets him beforehand and explains the situation. The Daltons search from him in a mine-cart leading to a chase scene that resembles a rollercoaster ride. When they find the old timer, he acts like a ghost and convinces them that he has been dead for some time.

6. Sam Game - A former gambler who saw the light and became a clergyman (even though he still uses and references gambling terms in his sermons.). He is killed in a game of Russian roulette, which, of course, turns out to be faked.

7. Bud Bugman - A train driver. The Daltons try to kill him by derailing the train he is riding on to a different direction. Bugman hides in the tender car while his assistant tells the Daltons that he was killed and the body fell off the train during the derailing.

8. Mathias Bones - An undertaker, accompanied by a vulture. The Daltons ambush him by shooting him dead from his carriage (they actually shoot a dummy).

9. Judge Grudy - A judge. The Daltons plan to kill him at the party he holds after a rodeo, but Luke uses a fake newspaper to fool them.

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1. Ming Li Foo - A Chinese laundryman. Luke motivates the Daltons to wash their clothes first. While they are in the nude Ming Li Foo flees out of the store. Since they are naked they ask Luke to chase Ming for them. After a martial arts fight sequence Luke is able to get Ming to fake his own death before the Daltons are back.

2. Thadeus Collins - A jail warden, whose entire prison population tunneled out to freedom. The Daltons tunnel into the prison and blow it up, not knowing that the warden had already left using one of the tunnels.

3. Snake Feather - A Native American witch doctor. He gives the Daltons some magic mushrooms, causing them to hallucinate a bizarre dream sequence. When they awake Luke informs them that they have already killed him.

4. Dr. Aldous Smith - A traveling quack doctor whom the Daltons force to drink his own medicine. He drops dead, though he actually what they think is poison. It's just fainted because he was not used to drinking water.

the cactus alcohol he's fond off, and he's faking it.

5. Tom O' Connor - An old timer who supposedly disappeared into his gold mine. Luke meets him beforehand and explains the situation. The Daltons search from him in a mine-cart leading to a chase scene that resembles a rollercoaster ride. When they find the old timer, he acts like a ghost and convinces them that he has been dead for some time.

6. Sam Game - A former gambler who saw the light and became a clergyman (even though he still uses and references gambling terms in his sermons.). He is killed in a game of Russian roulette, which, of course, turns out to be faked.

7. Bud Bugman - A train driver. The Daltons try to kill him by derailing the train he is riding on to a different direction. Bugman hides in the tender car while his assistant tells the Daltons that he was killed and the body fell off the train during the derailing.

8. Mathias Bones - An undertaker, accompanied by a vulture. The Daltons ambush him by shooting him dead from his carriage (they actually shoot a dummy).

9. Judge Grudy - A judge. The Daltons plan to kill him at the party he holds after a rodeo, but Luke uses a fake newspaper to fool them.


* ButtMonkey: Tobias Wells. No matter what he's trying to sell, it's always something the Daltons need to steal.

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* ButtMonkey: Tobias Wells.Wills. No matter what he's trying to sell, it's always something the Daltons need to steal.



* ContrivedCoincidence: Tobias Wells keeps trying to sell something that the Daltons need, and keeps running into the Daltons shortly after they realize that they need it.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: Tobias Wells Wills keeps trying to sell something that the Daltons need, and keeps running into the Daltons shortly after they realize that they need it.



* RunningGag: The Daltons meet Tobias Wells every time [[ContrivedCoincidence they need something he's selling]]. After the BallisticDiscount they get from their first meeting, he runs away from them in fear every subsequent time, allowing them to get free horses, clothes, dynamite and shovels.

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* RunningGag: The Daltons meet Tobias Wells Wills every time [[ContrivedCoincidence they need something he's selling]]. After the BallisticDiscount they get from their first meeting, he runs away from them in fear every subsequent time, allowing them to get free horses, clothes, dynamite and shovels.

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* LawfulStupid: From what little we see of the lawyer in charge of executing Henry Dalton's will, he is perfectly okay with a man ordering nine assassinations from beyond the grave because it was written on a will and only hands the money to Lucky Luke in the end because the Daltons couldn't perform the will's conditions.


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* OnOneCondition: The will of Henry Dalton has the condition that his nephews must avenge his death and kill the people who sentenced him to hang before they can have his money.

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* ThatPoorCat: The Daltons' initial encounter with Luke, he's holding Rantanplan, and has to drop him to raise his arms, with the appropriate cry of panic from the dog.


* DoubleStandard: The women in Sam Game's church all chew out the Daltons for not taking off their hats during the service -- but they're all wearing hats themselves. It is worth noting, however, that women's heads are expected to be covered inside the church (hats were a way to compensate for that) while it's the complete opposite for men so they're just scolding them for not following this.

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* InterruptedBath: When the Daltons reach Snake Feather's tepee and order him out, they hear him complains that he's his bath... in the middle of a ThirstyDesert with no water for miles. He comes out wearing a towel. The shaman can apparently do the RainDance whenever he needs it, so water isn't a problem for him.

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