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Western Animation / Snooper and Blabber

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Snooper and Blabber was one of the backing segments for Quick Draw McGraw. It featured the comical adventures of a cat and mouse team of detectives. With Snooper (the cat) as the lead and Blabber (the mouse) assisting him as he tackled whatever their cases may bring them.

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  • Animals Not to Scale: Blabber is half as tall as Snooper, much larger than a real mouse would be.
  • Art Shift: In 1985, Snooper and Blabber appeared on Yogi's Treasure Hunt, which during its first two seasons had the animation computer composited. To effect easier coloring, the crosshatches on Snooper's deerstalker cap were left untapered from the cap's outline. The crosshatches were tapered to the outline originally and thus didn't matter since it was on cels and painted on the back.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal/Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Snooper and Blabber split the difference. They wear trench coats that reach to their knees, but no pants or shoes.
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  • Detective Animal: Snooper and Blabber are a cat-and-mouse detective team.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Snagglepuss and Hardy Har Har show up as proto versions.
  • Evil Twin: One episode has a Mad Scientist creating an army of Snooper robots programmed to commit crimes, so Snooper has to thwart the scientist and clear himself. After he does:
    Policeman: Good work, Snooper. You'll get a big reward for capturing this criminal.
    Snooper: Reward?! I just wanted to clear me good name. I ain't interested in no reward! And when do I collect it?
  • The Ghost: Snooper and Blabber's secretary Hazel, who communicates to the duo via a two-way car radio. She fills them in on any calls for a case and the status of her parakeet's health.
  • Name and Name: The title.
  • Nice Hat: Snooper wears a deerstalker detective-style hat, while Blabber sports a fedora.
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  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Snooper's voice is patterned after Archie the bartender from the 1940s radio comedy Duffy's Tavern.
  • Private Detective: An Affectionate Parody of the genre.
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: Zig-zagged — Blabber slurs his "S's" when he talks.
  • Three Shorts: The middle segment on the Quick Draw McGraw Show


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