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Gopher Broke
Gopher Broke
Directed By: Robert McKimson
Produced By: John W. Burton
Released: November 15, 1958
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Warren Batchelder
Tom Ray
George Grandpré
Ted Bonnicksen
Layouts: Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds: William Butler
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Stan Freberg
Music: John Seely
Starring: The Goofy Gophers
Barnyard Dawg
Dr. Cy Kosis
Preceded By: Pre-Hysterical Hare
Succeeded By: Hip Hip-Hurry!
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Gopher Broke

Gopher Broke

Title Card (Remastered Version)

Goofy Gophers Gopher Broke title card

Title Card (Before Remastering)

Gopher Broke is a 1958 Looney Tunes short starring the Goofy Gophers and the Barnyard Dawg and directed by Robert McKimson. The voices were performed by Mel Blanc and Stan Freberg.


The title is a pun on the phrase "go for broke."


When their vegetables are "stolen," the Goofy Gophers surface to investigate. They spy a truck carrying the produce away so they follow it to the barn. When the farmer leaves, they enter, but they run back out when they see Barnyard Dawg napping just inside. They deduce they must get rid of the dog and begin making plans

They lower a large metal lid over the dog, spread some banana peels on the floor, then strike the lid with a mallet. The lid and Dawg vibrate violently, and Dawg slips on the banana peels out the door of the barn and into the pig's watering trough.

Dawg cautiously returns, but sees no danger and settles down to nap again. The gophers tie one end of a rope to his tail and the other end to a hay bale which, when dropped from the loft, pulls Dawg out the door and lands him in the well. As Dawg climbs out, the pig is watching him again.

Dawg reads in The Significance of Dreams by Sigmund Fraud that nightmares never really happened. He laughs off his experiences and goes back to sleep. The gophers saw a circle of floor around him, carry him outside, and float him in the duck pond, where a duck startles him awake.

He runs back to the barn and swallows a bunch of sleeping pills and falls sound asleep. The gophers tighten a girdle around him and attach it to a large helium balloon. As Dawg floats away, they begin to recover their vegetables.

Meanwhile, Dawg lands on top of a telephone pole, seated, with the pig watching from below. When a bird flies by, he has a nervous breakdown and he flies after it. Later, at the psychiatrist's office, Dr. Cy Kosis is counseling his patient... the pig! When Dawg flies past the window, still wearing the girdle, the doctor joins his patient on the couch.


Gopher Broke screenshot of Barnyard Dawg flying

Preceded by
Lumber Jerks
Goofy Gophers cartoons
Succeeded by
Tease for Two

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