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The Goofy Gophers
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Directed By: Bob Clampett (uncredited)
Arthur Davis
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: January 25, 1947
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Warren Foster
Animation: Manny Gould
Don Williams
Cal Dalton
J.C. Melendez
Layouts: Thomas McKimson
Philip DeGuard
Backgrounds: Thomas McKimson
Philip DeGuard
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Stan Freberg (uncredited)
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: The Goofy Gophers
Bugs Bunny
Watchdog
Preceded By: One Meat Brawl
Succeeded By: The Gay Anties

The Goofy Gophers is a Looney Tunes cartoon (later reissued as a Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodie.) This marks the first appearance of the Goofy Gophers, which would appear in 8 more shorts in the Golden Age of American Animation.

This cartoon was planned by Bob Clampett and finished by Arthur Davis, because Clampett left the studio after a dispute with Eddie Selzer.

This was long-believed to be in the public domain, however, United Artists, in fact renewed the copyright on January 2, 1974.

Storyline

The cartoon opens up with a dog guarding a vegetable garden and falling asleep. The dog then spots two gophers (Mac and Tosh) eating carrots. The dog disguises himself as a tomato vine and poses as an actual plant in the garden. The Gophers spot the tomato vine, grab a bunch of vegetables, and throw a pumpkin on the dog before striking him with a shovel. The gags are plenty as the Gophers continue to outwit their canine nemesis. Eventually, they launch the dog, via rocket, into outer space towards the moon. The Gophers, now triumphant, gloat that they will have all the carrots to themselves. But suddenly a familiar carrot-chomping noise is heard; the camera then pans to the side, revealing Bugs Bunny (whose voice is noticeably sped-up for this cameo) leaning against a tall pile of carrot stumps: "Well, I wouldn't say that!" Bugs laughs as the cartoon irises-out.

Availability

Notes

Unlike most reissued Looney Tunes at the time, the original closing was kept. The closing was also kept in What's Brewin' Bruin?, Crowing Pains, and Hop, Look and Listen This cartoon was sold to a.a.p. in 1956 with all the color Warner Bros., pre-August 1948 cartoons. Note: Crowing Pains and Hop, Look and Listen were present on Volume 2 Side 9 of the LaserDisc The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, with The Goofy Gophers.

This is one of the few a.a.p. CN prints to air in the US, without the a.a.p. opening. However, the "dubbed version" airs from time to time with the wrong "dubbed" ending card. The US uses the 1946-55 ending since 2011. The EU still uses the 1941-55 MM ending in the "dubbed version".

Copyright renewed January 2, 1974.

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