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A 1991 Animated Musical produced by Hyperion Pictures and released by Warner Bros. starring the voice talents of comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who also wrote and co-produced the film. The story follows a street-smart dog named Rover, who is owned by a Las Vegas showgirl named Connie. One day Rover accidentally ruins an important deal between Connie's boyfriend, Rocky, and a group of gangsters. In revenge, Rocky stuffs Rover in a bag and tosses him over Hoover Dam. Rather than dying, Rover is saved downstream and ends up earning a living on a farm that's very different from the Strip.


This film contains examples of:

  • Dirty Coward: The mobsters, who are spooked by a pair of dogs dropping a bone on their meeting and flee in fear of it being the police, even though the cops are nowhere to be seen or heard.
  • Epic Fail:
    • Rover fails so badly at sheep herding that when he turns his back on them to be with Daisy they've somehow gotten stuck up a tree.
    • In a scene right out of Animal House, Rover valiantly saves the farm's turkey from a pack of hungry coyotes...and it dies anyway from shock!
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Yes, children, the silly turkey dies, on camera, mouth agape, eyes wide in terror, and broken neck swaying.
  • Fanservice: There's a shot of Rover's owner in a very skimpy Las Vegas showgirl uniform at one point — it shows a shocking amount of skin considering it's in a movie for children.
  • Fish Eyes: As is apparently common in cartoons of Rodney Dangerfield himself, Rover's eyes are often drawn slightly like this.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Connie, if her relationship with the Obviously Evil Rocky is any indication.
  • Humanoid Female Animal: Inverted—the film provides a rare example of the opposite! Rover (a male basset hound) is the humanoid animal while his love interest Daisy (a female collie) is more realistically dog-like.
  • Hurricane of Puns: In some scenes, the one-liners contain puns a lot.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Rodney Dangerfield...AS A DOG!!!
  • Long Bus Trip: Eddie, Rover's little buddy at the beginning. Whatever happened to him in the end?
  • Mood Dissonance:
    • Two characters are killed off during the span of the movie, one on-screen and one off-screen, and both in rather dark ways. And Rover himself nearly gets the Old Yeller treatment after being wrongly suspected of killing the turkey.
    • Rover's "I'm a dumb mutt!" breakdown. It comes out of nowhere and is really dark.
  • Oh, Crap!: Rover when he discovers that the turkey died.
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: Rover attempts this with the turkey. The farmer isn't fooled.
  • Sad Clown: When Rover's at his lowest point, he keeps making jokes as a coping mechanism.
  • Viva Las Vegas!: Though most of the film takes place on a farm, the shots in Vegas have lots of scenes of flashing lights, casinos, and sequin clad feathery showgirls.
  • Wham Line: After Cal finds Rover with the dead turkey and, despite Rover's efforts, decides he's had one too many chances.
    Cal: "Tomorrow morning, I'm gonna take him out and... (mumbling) kill him."