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Encyclopedia > Droopy Dog
A standard Droopy opening title card from the early 1950s.
A standard Droopy opening title card from the early 1950s.

Droopy Dog is an animated cartoon character, an anthropomorphic Basset hound, created by Tex Avery for theatrical cartoon shorts produced by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio in 1943. Essentially the polar opposite of Avery's other famous MGM character, the loud and wacky Screwy Squirrel, Droopy moved slowly and lethargically, spoke in a jowly monotone, and, though he didn't look like much, was shrewd enough to outwit his enemies. Image File history File links Droopy Dog from the opening of the MGM short Señor Droopy. ... Image File history File links Droopy Dog from the opening of the MGM short Señor Droopy. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Frederick Bean Fred/Tex Avery (Wednesday, February 26, 1908 – Tuesday, August 26, 1980) was an American animator, cartoonist, and director, famous for producing animated cartoons during the Golden Age of Hollywood. ... A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon opening title, from the 1940s. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Screwball Squirrel. ...


The character first appeared, nameless, in Avery's 1943 cartoon Dumb-hounded. Though he would not be given an onscreen name until his fifth cartoon, Señor Droopy (1949), the character was officially first labeled Happy Hound, a name used in the character's appearances in Our Gang Comics. After the demise of the Droopy series in 1958, the character has been revived several times for new productions, often television shows also featuring MGM's other famous cartoon stars, Tom and Jerry. A poster for the 1931 Our Gang comedy Love Business featuring depictions of (from left to right): Pete the Pup, Jackie Cooper, and Norman Chubby Chaney. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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History

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Droopy first appeared in the MGM cartoon Dumb-Hounded, released by MGM on March 20, 1943 which is considered one of Avery's best works by animation scholars. Droopy's first scene is when he saunters into view, looks at the audience, and declares "hello all you happy people...you know what? I'm the hero." In the cartoon, Droopy is tracking an escaped convict and is always waiting for the crook wherever he turns up. Avery had used a similar gag in his 1941 Merrie Melodies short Tortoise Beats Hare short. In fact, this cartoon shows that early ideas about Droopy's personality were already germinating, as that film's Cecil Turtle is very similar in character to Droopy. MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... A cartoon is any of several forms of illustrations with varied meanings that evolved from its original meaning. ... March 20 is the 79th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (80th in leap years). ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Merrie Melodies end title Merrie Melodies is the name of a series of animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. ... Tortoise Beats Hare is a 1941 Looney Tunes animated short directed by Tex Avery. ... Short subject is an American film industry term that historically has referred to any film in the format of two reels, or approximately 20 minutes running time, or less. ... Cecil Turtle is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ...


Droopy's meek, deadpan voice and personality were modeled after the character Wallace Wimple on the radio comedy Fibber McGee and Molly; actor Bill Thompson, who played Wimple, was the original voice of Droopy. During his time in the service, the role was played by other voice actors, including Don Messick, who reprised the role in the 1990s. Droopy himself was a versatile actor: he could play a Mountie, a cowboy, a deputy, an heir, or a Dixieland-loving everyday Joe with equal ease. Meek may refer to: Albert Stewart Meek (1871–1943), a British bird collector and naturalist Alexander Beaufort Meek (1814-1865), an American politician, lawyer, writer and poet Barbara Meek (b. ... Deadpan is a form of comedic delivery in which humour is presented without exhibiting a change in emotion or facial expression. ... The word voice can be used to refer to: Sound: The human voice. ... Radio comedy, or comedic radio programming, is a radio broadcast that may involve sitcom elements, sketches, and many other forms of comedy found on other mediums. ... Jim and Marian Jordan were featured in 1947 NBC promotional art by Sam Berman. ... Bill Thompson (July 8, 1913 – July 15, 1971) was an American radio actor and voice actor whose career stretched from the 1930s until his death. ... A voice actor (or voice artist) is a person who provides voices for computer and video games, puppet shows, amusement rides, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, stop motion, and animation works (including cartoons, animated feature films, animated shorts), and radio and television commercials. ... Autographed photo of Don Messick. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... RCMP redirects here. ... American cowboy circa 1887 A cowhand tends livestock, especially cattle. ... Look up Sheriff in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Dixieland music is a style of jazz. ...


One of Droopy's traits is his incredible strength, given his dimunitive stature and unassuming looks and personality, but only when he was upset, and then he would monotone, "You know what? That makes me mad," prior to tossing the hapless villain of the piece over his head many times.


In most of his cartoons, Droopy matches wits with either a slick anthropomorphic Wolf (the Wolf character "portrays" the crooks in both Dumb-hounded and its sequel, Northwest Hounded Police (1946)) or a bulldog (alternately named "Spike" or "Butch") with a Gaelic accent. Two Droopy cartoons - The Shooting of Dan McGoo and Wild and Wolfy - also feature appearances from the curvy heroine of Avery's Red Hot Riding Hood (1943) as a damsel in distress being pursued by the Wolf. Three later Droopy cartoons - Three Little Pups (1953), Blackboard Jumble (1957), and Sheep Wrecked (1958) - feature a slow-moving southern wolf character. Voiced by Daws Butler in a dialect he later used for Hanna-Barbera's Huckleberry Hound, this wolf was a more deadpan character with a tendency to whistle "Jubalio" to himself. Gaelic as an adjective means pertaining to the Gaels, whether to their language or their culture. ... Red Hot Riding Hood is an animated cartoon short subject, directed by Tex Avery and released on May 8, 1943 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. ... Daws Butler in 1976. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... Huckleberry Hound is a fictional cartoon character created by Hanna-Barbera, and the star of the late 1950s animated series The Huckleberry Hound Show, Hanna-Barberas second series made for television after The Ruff & Reddy Show. ... Jubalio is an upbeat folk tune popular during the American Civil War. ...


Avery took a year-long break from MGM from 1950 to 1951, during which time Dick Lundy took over his unit to do one Droopy cartoon, Caballero Droopy, and several Barney Bear cartoons. Avery returned in late 1951 and continued with Droopy and his one-shots until the Avery unit was dissolved by MGM in 1953. Michael Lah, an Avery animator, stayed on long enough to help William Hanna and Joseph Barbera complete Deputy Droopy after Avery had left the studio. Lah himself then left MGM, but returned in 1955 to direct CinemaScope Droopy cartoons costarring Spike and Jubalio Wolf. His short One Droopy Knight (1957) was nominated for the 1957 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons). However, by the time of One Droopy Knight's release in December 1957, the MGM cartoon studio had been closed for six months, a casualty of corporate downsizing. Richard Dick Lundy was an American animator and film director best known for creating Donald Duck. ... Barney Bear in the opening sequence. ... William Denby Bill Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an American animator, director, producer, cartoon artist, and co-founder, together with Joseph Barbera, of Hanna-Barbera. ... Joseph Roland Joe Barbera (March 24, 1911 – December 18, 2006) was an American animator, cartoon artist, storyboard artist, director, producer, and co-founder, together with William Hanna, of Hanna-Barbera. ... A Fox logo used to promote the CinemaScope process. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Later appearances

In the 1970s, Filmation produced a series of lower-budget Droopy shorts for television, with Frank Welker and producer Lou Scheimer alternating as the voice of the hound. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... The first Filmation logo. ... Franklin Willard Welker (born February 16, 1945) is an American voice actor. ... Lou Scheimer was one of the original founders of Filmation animation-company and also an executive producer of many of its cartoons (though only by name due to standardized crediting in most toons, Hal Sutherland received similar treatment). ...


In the 1990s, Hanna-Barbera offering Tom & Jerry Kids, Droopy had a young son named Dripple—possibly an older version of the infant we see in Homesteader Droopy. The mild success of the show provided perhaps the most Droopy merchandise: plush toys, gummy snacks, figurines, etc. Tom & Jerry Kids had a spin-off series, Droopy, Master Detective. He also had cameos in two theatrical features: as an elevator operator in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (where he was voiced by the film's animation director Richard Williams), and in Tom and Jerry: The Movie (voiced by Messick). Droopy also had cameos in all three subsequently-produced Roger Rabbit shorts, Tummy Trouble, Roller Coaster Rabbit, and Trail Mix-Up (played by Williams in the first short and by Corey Burton in the latter two). Droopy also appears in the 2006 cartoon series Tom and Jerry Tales. voiced by Don Brown. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... Tom & Jerry title card from the 1940s. ... Droopy, Master Detective is an animated television series, and is a spin-off of Tom and Jerry Kids. ... Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 film produced by Amblin Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company (on its Touchstone Pictures banner), Using traditional animation and live action. ... Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. ... Richard Williams (born on February 10, 1993 in Australia , Eastwood) is a Canadian animator, film director, and film producer, most well known as a film title sequence designer and animator; his most famous works included the title sequences to Whats New, Pussycat? (1965), title and linking sequences in The... Baby Herman (right) and Roger Rabbit, as they appeared in the Roger Rabbit short Tummy Trouble. ... Tummy Trouble (1989) is the first of three animated Roger Rabbit shorts, produced after the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. ... Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990) is the second in the Roger Rabbit shorts. ... Trail Mix-Up (1993) is the third and last in the Roger Rabbit shorts. ... Corey Burton (born August 3, 1955), is a voice actor. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Tom and Jerry Tales is an animated television series, currently airing on The CWs Kids WB block. ... Donald Don Brown is one of the many Canadian voice talents operating out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ...


A short-lived Droopy comic book series was released in the mid-1990s by Dark Horse Comics. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 2004, Droopy was a client (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) on an episode of Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law ("Droopy Botox", July 18, 2004) after receiving a bad face-lift, which he learned to like. Also in 2004, Droopy appeared in Comedy Central's Drawn Together in voice form as the narrator of a book-on-tape (Clara's Story: How I Kissed a Black Girl by Princess Clara) that the character Foxxy Love listens to in the episode "Clara's Dirty Little Secret". Droopy makes a cameo appearance in the Dragonball manga and anime series, as the Abbot of the monastery hosting the "Strongest Under Heaven" martial arts tournament. Just before the fights begin, Abbot Droopy, in his trademark deadpan, delivers this bit of Zen wisdom: "Woof." Maurice LaMarche (born March 30, 1958 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. ... July 18 is the 199th day (200th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 166 days remaining. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States and, as of October 19, 2006, in Poland[1], of January 15, 2007 in Germany[2], of April 30, 2007 in the Netherlands[3] and in Italy of May 1. ... Drawn Together is an American animated television series on Comedy Central created by Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein, and first aired on October 27, 2004. ... Princess Clara is a fictional character in the animated series Drawn Together. ... Foxxy Love is a fictional character in the animated series Drawn Together. ... Claras Dirty Little Secret is the second episode of the animated series Drawn Together. ... Son Goku Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール) is a Japanese manga by Akira Toriyama serialized in the weekly anthology magazine, Weekly Shonen Jump, from 1984 to 1995 and originally collected into 42 individual books called Tankôbon. ... Manga )   (pl. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Abbots coat of arms The word abbot, meaning father, has been used as a Christian clerical title in various, mainly monastic, meanings. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... Zen is a school of Mahāyāna Buddhism notable for its emphasis on practice and experiential wisdom—particularly as realized in the form of meditation known as zazen—in the attainment of awakening. ...


Matt Groening has stated that he based The Simpsons character Hans Moleman on Droopy. Simpsons redirects here. ... Hans Moleman is a fictional character of The Simpsons and is voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ...


Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's news parody The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, has taken to imitating Connecticut senator and 2000 Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman with Droopy Dog's voice and mannerisms. Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28, 1962) is a nine-time Emmy-winning[2] American comedian, satirist, actor, writer, author, and producer. ... Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart on the set of The Daily Show The Daily Show (currently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, also known as TDS to fans and staffers) is a half-hour satirical fake news program produced by and run on the Comedy Central cable television network in... Joseph Isadore Lieberman (born February 24, 1942) is a Jewish-American Democratic politician and a current U.S. senator from Connecticut. ...


In the eary 2000s, Droopy appeared in a Cartoon Network short entitled Thanks a Latté, in which he works at a coffee shop, and tricks a greedy wolf into giving him a tip.


On May 15, 2007, Warner Home Video (whose corporate sibling Turner Entertainment now owns the rights to the character) released all of Droopy's MGM cartoons on DVD as Tex Avery's Droopy: The Complete Theatrical Collection. The seven Droopy cartoons produced in CinemaScope were released in their original widescreen versions, instead of the pan and scan versions regualrly broadcast on television. [1] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Turner Entertainment Company was established August 4, 1986 to oversee Turner Broadcastings film library after its acquisition of MGM/UA. In addition to the studio, Turner got its library, which included all of MGMs films, Warner Bros. ... A 2. ...


Droopy in Spanish

In Spanish, Droopy is still called Droopy


Droopy in France

A T-shirt created in France features Droopy with the caption: "Tu sais quoi? Je suis heureux." ("You know what? I'm happy.")


MGM filmography

Directed by Tex Avery
  • Dumb-Hounded (1943)
  • The Shooting Of Dan McGoo (1945)
  • Wild And Woolfy (1945)
  • Northwest Hounded Police (1946)
  • Señor Droopy (1949)
  • Wags To Riches (1949)
  • Out-Foxed (1949)
  • The Chump Champ (1950)
  • Daredevil Droopy (1951)
  • Droopy's Good Deed (1951)
  • Droopy's "Double Trouble" (1951)
Directed by Dick Lundy
  • Caballero Droopy (1952)
Directed by Tex Avery
  • The Three Little Pups (1953)
  • Drag-A-Long Droopy (1954)
  • Homesteader Droopy (1954)
  • Dixieland Droopy (1954)
  • Deputy Droopy (1955, directed by Avery and Michael Lah)
  • Millionaire Droopy (1956, remake of Wags to Riches, supervised by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera)
Directed by Michael Lah
  • Grin And Share It (1957)
  • Blackboard Jumble (1957)
  • One Droopy Knight (1957)
  • Sheep Wrecked (1958)
  • Mutts About Racing (1958)
  • Droopy Leprechaun (1958)

Dixieland Droopy is a 1954 animated short subject in the Droopy series, directed by Tex Avery and produced by Fred Quimby for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. ... William Denby Bill Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an American animator, director, producer, cartoon artist, and co-founder, together with Joseph Barbera, of Hanna-Barbera. ... Joseph Roland Joe Barbera (March 24, 1911 – December 18, 2006) was an American animator, cartoon artist, storyboard artist, director, producer, and co-founder, together with William Hanna, of Hanna-Barbera. ...

See also

Tom & Jerry Kids Show, also known as Tom & Jerry Kids is an American animated television series, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Turner Entertainment, featuring the popular cat-and-mouse pair as children. ... Droopy, Master Detective is an animated television series, and is a spin-off of Tom and Jerry Kids. ...

External links

  • Bill Thompson Biography
  • Tex Avery Tribute Website
  • Droopy entry at Toonopedia.com
  • The Shelf: Review of Tex Avery's Droopy, US DVD Release

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