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Of Fox and Hounds is a 1940 Merrie Melodies short directed by Tex Avery.

Plot

A dimwitted hound, Willoughby (voiced by director Tex Avery), repeatedly asks sly fox, George (voiced by Mel Blanc), where the fox went, never suspecting that his "friend" George is the fox. Invariably, George the Fox tells Willoughby that the fox in on the other side of a rail fence, which is actually at the edge of a steep cliff.

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Notes

  • George the Fox has a voice and personality very similar to Bugs Bunny, who starred in his first cartoon in recognizable form that same year ("A Wild Hare", also directed by Tex Avery.)
  • The animated film is significant in that it is Tex Avery's first usage of characters based around George and Lenny of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
  • Willoughby first appeared with white and brown fur in this film. Starting from "The Crackpot Quail", his fur is completely brown.
  • Though the original print with the original BR ending was removed from Dailymotion, an a.a.p. print exists of the cartoon as well.
  • Both American and European dubbed versions keep the original 1938-1941 ending music on the altered cards.

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