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Western Animation / Quick Draw McGraw

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"Why did Quick-Draw McGraw hang around with that freaky little mule?"
Trent Lane, Daria

Yet another Talking Animal omnibus series from Hanna-Barbera, Quick Draw McGraw followed the adventures of the equine sheriff with an exaggerated southern drawl, who upheld law and order in The Wild West with the aid of Baba Looey, a Mexican burro with a Spanish accent, and Snuffles, a biscuit-mooching dog. Whenever Baba Looey questioned his partner's motives, Quick Draw uttered his Catchphrase: "Hold on thar, Baba Looey! I'll do the thin'in' around here, and dooon't you for-git it!" Upon which hilarity ensued.

The cartoon spoofed nearly every Western trope known. Sometimes, Quick Draw assumed the heroic identity of the swashbuckling El Kabong, bashing outlaws with his guitar. There were two supporting segments: Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy and Snooper and Blabber.

Compare with Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-Long Coyote, Hanna-Barbera's other Western Series starring Funny Animals.


This series provides examples of:

  • Accessory Wearing Cartoon Animals: Quick Draw and Baba Looey.
  • Animated Anthology
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In a comic book story titled "La Dia de Los Kabongs", a villain named Señor Vacaloco robbed a village's banks, poisoned its water and disconnected the residents' cable TV.
  • Ash Face: As demonstrated in the trope image.
  • Bandito: Referred to by name.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "I'll do the thin'in around here, and don't you forget it!"
    • "Now hold on thar!"
    • "Ooh, that smarts!"
  • Chaste Toons: Averted in the Quick Draw McGraw short "El Kabong, Jr.", though Junior was never heard from again.
  • Courtroom Episode: One episode was about a trial where Baba Looey was testifying for the prosecution.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Snagglepuss appears in episodes of each segment as an antagonist. He's colored a deep orange.
    • Lugubrious hyena Hardy Har Har appeared in a Snooper and Blabber cartoon before being paired up with Lippy the Lion three years later.
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  • Evil Twin: Horse-Face Harry.
  • Expy: Quick Draw's alter ego, El Kabong, seems to be a nod toward El Zorro. In an in-house example, Snuffles' exaggerated reaction (to "dawwwg bis-kits", in his case) would be shared by a number of Hanna-Barbera pooches in response to a variety of treats.
    • Quick Draw had another 'alter ego', The Whip (with Baba Looey as The Whippersnaper) based on either Lash Larue, King of the Bullwhips, or Whip Wilson.
      • Leonardo-TTV (creators of Underdog) made an unsold pilot in 1966 called Gene Hattree, a Quick Draw expy in that it starred a singing lawman horse who wasn't very effective.
  • Feather Fingers: Hoof variant. Quickdraw and Baba Looey's "hands" look like hooves with a thumb (almost like mittens).
  • Funny Animal: The hero and sidekick.
  • Furry Confusion: The hero is an anthropomorphic horse. But since the setting is The Old West, many real horses also appear. Not immediately noticeable because the real horses tend to be more realistically drawn and the hero is roughly human-sized. And, of course, Quick Draw himself is never seen riding a horse!
    • In the opening of his TV show, Quick Draw was seen driving a stagecoach pulled by two horses.
      • ...which ducks into a tunnel to come out the other end with Quick Draw pulling the coach and the horses sitting inside.
  • I Don't Pay You to Think: "Hoold on there, Baba Louie! I'll do all the thin'ing around here, and dooon't you forget it!"
  • Instrument of Murder: El Kabong's guitar, though, being a kid's cartoon of course, the bad guys are only inflicted with major headaches rather than killed outright.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: El Kabong is much more effective at dispatching criminals than Quick Draw.....usually. Thankfully, like Quick Draw, Kabong has a sidekick to back him up if the going gets too tough.
  • Malaproper: In "Bull Leave Me", Quick Draw is in Argentina helping an estate owner rid his land of a smart-aleck bull. The owner tests Quick Draw on his credibility as a gaucho:
    Owner: What is a gaucho?
    Quick Draw: A gaucho is one of the Marx Brothers!
    • In an episode taking place in a courtroom, an attorney objects to testimony that is "irrelevant, immaterial, and calls for a conclusion on the part of the witness." Later in the cartoon, Quick Draw objects that the testimony is "an elephant, a cereal, and calls for a concussion on the part of the witness."
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Quick Draw's voice (Daws Butler) more or less resembles the voice style of comical Western sidekick actor Andy Devine [who voiced Friar Tuck in Robin Hood]:
    Quick Draw: Now hold on there, Baba Looey!
    Baba Looey: But Quicks Draw, I don't theen'--
    Quick Draw: I'll do the thinnin' around here, Baba Looey, and don't you fer-git it.
    • Imagine the similarities between the way Quick Draw and Friar Tuck sound:
      Friar Tuck: Now, just a minute, Sheriff! That's the poor box!
      Sheriff of Nottingham: It sure is, and I think I'll take it to poor Prince John. Every little bit helps.
    • The antagonist of "Yippee Coyote" caricatures the mannerisms and voice of Jerry Lewis.
  • Nothing but Skin and Bones: In one cartoon, Snagglepuss steals one of Quick-Draw's biggest, fattest sheep, then shears it down to prepare it for dinner. It is then that he discovers that the sheep is rail thin underneath its wool.
    Snagglepuss: They don't call him "Wooly Boy" for nothin'!
  • Quick Draw: This he's great at. What happens after, not so much.
  • Ring Around the Collar: Played straight, though done with cowboy-style bandannas rather than the traditional tie or collar.
  • Three Shorts: Ran on this format, Quick Draw's segment was traditionally the opener.
  • The Wild West


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