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Snooper and Blabber was one of the backing segments for Quick Draw McGraw, featuring the comical adventures of a cat and mouse team of detectives. Snooper (the cat) is the lead character with Blabber (the mouse) assisting him. Together, they tackle whatever cases come their way.

This series provides examples of:

  • 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: Neither Snooper nor Blabber wear shoes, despite sporting trench coats and hats.
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  • Detective Animal: Snooper and Blabber are a cat-and-mouse detective team.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Snagglepuss ("The Lion Is Busy") and Hardy Har Har ("Laughing Guess") show up as proto versions in two episodes.
  • Evil Twin: The episode "Impossible Imposters" 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?
  • Funny Animal: While Snooper and Blabber are respectively a cat and mouse, they otherwise act like humans. They are bipedal, wear trench coats and hats, work as private detectives, speak to humans intelligibly, and do not at all exemplify typical cat/mouse antagonism. They even employ an (unseen) human as their secretary!
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  • 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.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Snooper and Blabber split the difference. They wear trench coats that reach to their knees, but no pants or shoes.
  • Name and Name: The segment title consists of the two characters' names with "and" in the middle.
  • Nice Hat: Snooper wears a deerstalker detective-style hat, while Blabber sports a fedora.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Snooper's voice is patterned after Archie the bartender from the 1940s radio comedy Duffy's Tavern.
  • Private Detective: Snooper and Blabber are detective animals, serving as an Affectionate Parody of the private eye genre.
  • Ring Around the Collar: Like most Hanna-Barbera characters from this time, Snooper and Blabber wear clothing (trench coats in this case) to facilitate animation shortcuts, if not the more common collar and tie.
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: Zig-zagged. Blabber speaks with a pronounced lisp, slurring his "S's" when he talks.
  • Three Shorts: The middle segment on the Quick Draw McGraw Show.


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