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Cross Country Detours
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Directed By: Fred Avery
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: March 16, 1940
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Rich Hogan
Animation: Paul Smith
Layouts:
Backgrounds: John Didrik Johnsen
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Sara Berner
Karlton Kadell
Lou Marcelle
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Narrator
Deer
Little Girl
Phone Operator
Bear
Scoutmaster
Polar Bear
Bobcat
Baby Quail
Grand Canyon Tourist
Gila Monster
Husky
Preceded By: Pilgrim Porky
Succeeded By: Confederate Honey
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1995 dubbed version, restored, uncut, 1944 blue ribbon

Cross Country Detours is a 1940 Merrie Melodies short. It was reissued during Schlesinger's career so the original closing was kept.

The 1995 dubbed version is below the credit chart. It is uncut, with the frog scene intact.

This was the last prototype "That's all Folks!" and the final cartoon to have sky background.

Plot

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Blue Ribbon re-issue

The cartoon starts with a narrator talking about the wonders of nature in Yosemite National Park in California. He talks about how tourists always feeding the wildlife and we cut to a man giving a bear a sandwich then the bear pounds the man on the head and says "Listen stupid can't you read!?" pointing to a "Do not feed the bears" sign. We then meet a deer who tells the narrator "Hello big boy!" in a Katherine Hepburn impression. We then see a scoutmaster taking his troops to a wash room at a gas station, the narrator tells of how careless people often forget to put out their cigars which could lead to fires; a ranger spots this only to smoke it himself. He then tells us about the natural rock formations, one of which looks like a mouth with a gold tooth. He then takes us to Alaska where we meet a polar bear whom the narrator informs us how his thick coat and layer of fat keeps him warm during the harsh winter climates, the polar bear says "I don't care what you say, I'm cold", he then tells us how happy Eskimo dogs are living there except one who wants to go to California.

Back into the United States we see a bobcat prepare to catch and eat a baby quail but he can't bring himself to do it, he then takes us to a local pond where many frog reside he then says "here we have a frog croaking" the frog takes out a gun and commits suicide by shooting itself in the head we are then show an apology for the pun by the theater, he then takes us to New Mexico briefly being interrupted by the Eskimo dog from earlier, we then are treated to a lizard shedding her skin which plays out like a strip tease in which a censor bar appears before her breast are exposed, the narrator then tells us that the next tale is very gruesome and that he will split the screen in two one side for grownups a gilla monster who constantly snarls and growls and for children a little girl who recites Mary Had a Little Lamb, after being interrupted by the gilla monster she growls back at it causing it to run away, he then takes us to the Grand Canyon where a hiker tries to make an echo but nothing happens so finally he shouts at the top of his lungs and a female voice says "I'm sorry they do not answer", we then see the Eskimo dog again and the narrator tells us how determined he must be, he tells us of the Colorado River which is damned by beavers which create a giant man made dam, finally the exhausted dog makes his way to California where he runs into the Red Wood Forest where he declares "Trees, thousands and thousands of trees, and they're mine, all mine!"

Censorship

On Cartoon Network and its sister channel Boomerang, the entire part in which a frog shoots himself in the head after the narrator says, "Here, we have a close-up of a frog croaking", followed by a theater card reading that the management is not responsible for the lame pun was edited to remove the frog actually shooting himself in the head, leaving in the "frog croaking" line followed by a smash cut to the apology from the theater management card, making it obvious that something was cut.

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