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Cross Country Detours is a 1940 Merrie Melodies short directed by Tex Avery.


A narrator talks about the wonders of nature in the USA;

  1. He starts with Yosemite National Park in California. He talks about how tourists always feeding the wildlife. A man gives a bear a sandwich then the bear pounds the man on the head and says "Listen, stupid! Can't you read!?" pointing to a "Do not feed the bears" sign.
  2. We then meet a deer. As the narrator says, "Hello, deer!", the deer gets up on its hind legs and says, "Hello big boy!" in a Mae West impression.
  3. A scoutmaster takes his troops to a washroom at a gas station. The narrator tells of how careless people often forget to put out their cigarettes or cigars, which could lead to forest fires. A ranger spots one, and goes all the way to pick it up only to smoke it himself.
  4. The narrator then describes natural rock formations, one of which looks like a mouth with a gold tooth.
  5. In Alaska the narrator tells how a polar bear's thick coat and layer of fat keeps him warm during the harsh winter climates. The polar bear says "I don't care what you say, I'm cold".
  6. The narrator then tells about how happy Eskimo dogs are living in Alaska, except for one who wants to go to California.
  7. Back into the United States, a bobcat prepares to pounce on, and eat a cute baby quail, but he can't bring himself to do it.
  8. Then, at a local pond where many frogs reside, the narrator says, "Here, we have a close-up of a frog croaking." The frog then takes out a pistol and commits suicide by shooting itself in the head. An apology by the theater for the pun is shown.
  9. The Eskimo dog from earlier is still running.
  10. In New Mexico, a lizard is shedding her skin which plays out like a striptease, in which a censor bar appears before her breasts are exposed.
  11. The narrator then says that the next tale is very gruesome and that he will split the screen in two halves. On the grownup's side, a Gila monster who constantly snarls and growls, and on the children's side, a little girl who recites "Mary Had a Little Lamb". After being interrupted by the Gila monster, she growls back at it, causing it to run away.
  12. At the Grand Canyon, a hiker tries to make an echo, but nothing happens. So finally, he shouts at the top of his lungs and a female telephone operator's voice says "I'm sorry, they do not answer."
  13. The husky appears again, and the narrator remarks how determined he must be.
  14. He tells of the Colorado River, and some beavers create a giant man-made dam.
  15. Finally, the exhausted husky makes his way to California where he runs into the Redwood Forest, where he declares, "Trees, thousands and thousands of trees, and they're mine, all mine!"




  • On Cartoon Network and its sister channel Boomerang in the United States, the entire part in which a frog shoots himself in the head after the narrator says, "Here, we have a close-up of a frog croaking", followed by a theater card reading that the management is not responsible for the lame puns in this cartoon was edited to remove the frog actually shooting himself in the head, leaving in the "frog croaking" line followed by an immediate and obvious cut to the theater card.[2]
    • The a.a.p. print of this short that aired on Cartoon Network before 1995 removed the entire sequence at the lake rather than just cut to remove the frog shooting himself in the head.[3] This same edit also applies when this cartoon aired on TNT.[4]
    • This scene is shown uncut on overseas Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels,[5] as well as on current MeTV airings.


  • According to the documentary King Size Comedy: Tex Avery and the Looney Tunes Revolution as part of Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2 Blu-ray bonus feature, a few of the gags in this cartoon were animated with the guide of rotoscoping, which is different from the usual Warner Bros. style. For example in gag #7, director Tex Avery himself did the live-action reference for the bobcat's breakdown, while for gag #10 Avery hired Marcia Eloise, a local Los Angeles nightclub stripper, to do the live-action reference for the lizard's striptease sequence, and in gag #12 Tex did the live-action reference for the hiker that tries to make an echo.[6]
  • This cartoon was re-released into the Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies program, though the original titles are known to exist. Because the short credits Schlesinger on re-release, the original closing title card was kept.
  • MeTV aired a previously unreleased restored print of this cartoon on Saturday Morning Cartoons with the original titles. This is the first short to be restored with the original titles for the network, as the other shorts, "Don't Look Now", "A Feud There Was", "Circus Today", "Hiss and Make Up", "Daffy Doodles", "The Eager Beaver", "Hobo Bobo", "The Foxy Duckling" and "Doggone Cats", were restored with the Blue Ribbon reissue titles.
  • The Blue Ribbon reissue cuts part of the opening narration, starting near the end at "...animal life, and scenic wonders of our country." Now, with the restored titles, the full narration plays: "We now take you on a nature tour, and we'll attempt to show you interesting animal life, and scenic wonders of our country."