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Hockey Homicide is a 1945 Walt Disney cartoon starring Goofy. Narrated by Spike Jones stalwart Doodles Weaver.

The short features two teams, the Moose and the Pelicans (or is it the Loose Leafs and the Anteaters?) playing a game of hockey that grows increasingly violent.

This short is (in)famous for its utterly bizarre climax and is often regarded as one of the funniest Disney cartoons ever.

This cartoon contains examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: Played for Laughs. The narrator points out the heated rivalry between the team's respective star players, Bertino and Ferguson, setting up the game as their final showdown. There never is a final showdown, as their violent bickering keeps getting them sent into the penalty box, preventing them from even taking part in the game.
  • Butt-Monkey: The referee, to the point he has to wear a suit of armor.
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  • The Chew Toy: Everyone.
  • Duck Season, Rabbit Season: One of the spectators gets mixed up and starts cheering the wrong team for a bit.
    Fan: "Hooray! ...what am I saying?! Boooo!"
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: During the rest period, as the rink is being cleaned you can see a Felix the Cat toy among the detritus being swept up.
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: Done intentionally to show how much the game has descended into chaos. This was also a trademark of Weaver's, most famously used in Spike Jones' interpretation of Rossini's "William Tell Overture", which starts out as a commentary on a horse race, but for some reason, ends up describing a prize fight.
  • Hockey Fight: By the end, all Hell breaks loose when the entire stadium descends into utter chaos. Meanwhile, the players are calmly sitting in the bleachers watching the riot.
    Narrator: And that's why hockey is called a "spectator sport"!
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  • Inelegant Blubbering: The Loose Leafs' goalie bursts into tears and throws a tantrum when a puck gets past him.
  • Literal Metaphor: The referee really does have eyes in the back of his head.
  • The Long List: The announcer rattles off an enormous number of changes to the teams starting lineups, enough that it may as well be two entirely different teams taking the ice. At which point he reveals that it IS two entirely different teams taking the ice.
    Narrator: Oh yes, the teams will be the Loose Leafs versus the Anteaters, instead of the Moose and Pelicans...
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: All the fighting in the stands stop when a 10-minute rest period begins. The fighting immediately resumes when the period ends.
  • Motor Mouth: The narrator's dialogue gets faster as the game gets more intense.
  • Oh, Crap!: How the ref reacts when he realizes he's about to get flattened by the incoming crush of players.
  • Off-Model: Downplayed. At one point a Loose Leaf player (identified by his green shirt) hits the puck into the net of the Loose Leaf goalie, suggesting that one of these two characters was supposed to be animated with the other team's colour.
  • Red Baron: A trio: "Ice Box" Bertino, "Fearless" Ferguson & "Clean Game" Kinney.
  • Running Gag: "Here come Bertino and Ferguson out of the penalty box... *referee whistles* ...and there go Bertino and Ferguson back into the penalty box." Followed immediately by the ref losing control of his skates in increasingly catastrophic fashion.
    • Also the scenes of two spectators beating each other up in increasingly violent ways.
  • Stock Footage: Two notable examples, both of which are Played for Laughs.
    • For the Running Gag, Bertino and Ferguson's fighting, and them getting sent to the penalty box, is the exact same animation used four times.
    • To add bizarreness to the already insane riot, clips from older Disney films are seen, including How to Play Football, How to Play Baseball, Victory Through Air Power and even Pinocchio.
  • Stock Sound Effect: When the players steal everything off of the goalie except his long johns, his sneeze is actually one of Sneezy's sneezes from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Tuckerization: The narrator frequently calls out the surnames of the players, who are all named after various Disney artists and animators that worked on the short. Likewise the referee, "Clean Game" Kinney, is named for Jack Kinney, the short's director.
  • Unnecessary Roughness: Bertino and Ferguson keep getting sent to the penalty box for this.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: The two spectators we see beating the living hell out of each other throughout the whole short mostly pummel one another to celebrate that their respective sides are winning at the moment.