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Dough Ray Me-ow
Dough Ray Me-Ow
Directed By: Arthur Davis
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: August 14, 1948
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Lloyd Turner
Animation: Basil Davidovich
Don Williams
J.C. Melendez
Emery Hawkins
Layouts: Don Smith
Backgrounds: Philip DeGuard
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Louie the Parrot
Heathcliff
Dog
Preceded By: You Were Never Duckier
Succeeded By: Hot Cross Bunny

Dough Ray Me-ow is a 1948 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Arthur Davis.

Plot

Heathcliff the cat relies on fellow parrot and household pet Louie for help in everything from getting his paw out of a mousetrap to reminding him to breathe ("You forgot to breathe again, stupid!"). One day, Heathcliff finds a written will and asks Louie to read it. The beleaguered parrot discovers that Heathcliff will inherit the estate. However, if something happens to him, then the parrot becomes next in line for the money. All good intentions are now down the drain as the wily parrot tries to destroy the unsuspecting cat, who's too stupid to realize it.

Censorship

When this cartoon aired on FOX's Merrie Melodies Show and on Nickelodeon's Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon, two scenes of dangerous, imitable activity were edited:

  • Louie the parrot tricking Heathcliff into sticking electric wires in his ears by saying it's a radio, only for Heathcliff to actually get radio transmissions through his ears (while Louie does the same thing and gets electrocuted)
  • Louie then tricks Heathcliff into walking along railroad tracks with a can over his head -- and Heathcliff derailing the train and somehow surviving.

Availability

This cartoon is available uncut and uncensored, with the 1957-59 ending, on the following DVD sets:

Status of original titles

The original END titles are lost due to a 1957-59 generic end card replacement. This also happens on Odor of the Day and Holiday for Drumsticks.

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