Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes (?): Snagglepuss vs. The Rain Dance Kid (1960)

Heavens to Murgatroyd! Snagglepuss wasn't really heroic, just opportunistic. Convienent, even!

Basing his voice on Bert Lahr ("The Wizard of Oz"), Daws Butler presented Snagglepuss as a hammy actor in one story, or at least a fan of the arts, given that one of his pet phrases is "Exit.....stage left!". In other cases, such as 1960's "Lion's Share Sheriff", Snag just walks right into a situation and adapts quickly, as the outlaw known as the Rain Dance Kid (Mel Blanc) finds out to his dismay. Oh, the horror!

Unfortunately, the video has been deleted. If/when it returns, we'll bring it back.

Butler, of course, would recycle his Snagglepuss voice 11 years later for The Funky Phantom, but Snag would return in Yogi's Gang soon after that.

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

I always liked Snagglepuss!

This short seems better animated than some other HB shorts from the era.

Gotta love that line about the Kid's birthday:

"What again? How many times were you born? You must have a strong union!"

At least Snag was smart enough to get the heck outta Dodge (or whereever he was) when Kid was still planning on shooting him.

hobbyfan said...

Apparently, he didn't understand the concept of what a birthday is.

Consider, too, that Snag's basic appearance has evolved over the years, much like Bugs Bunny's did. The Snagglepuss we knew from Yogi's Gang looked a little more refined than this version.