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McDougal's Rest Farm (1947)

All is quiet on McDougal's Rest Farm, with Dimwit as watchdog, until Heckle and Jeckle , along with a flock of other magpies, noisily begin building a birdhouse on the property.

Director:

Mannie Davis

Star:

Dayton Allen
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Dayton Allen ... Heckle / Jeckle (voice) (uncredited)

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All is quiet on McDougal's Rest Farm, with Dimwit as watchdog, until Heckle and Jeckle , along with a flock of other magpies, noisily begin building a birdhouse on the property.

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Heckle and Jeckle just gestating.

There is no "McDougal" in this cartoon, unless perhaps that's Dimwit the hound under another name. Here we have a very early Heckle and Jeckle cartoon, when the two magpies' personalities were still in flux. They're drawn a bit differently here, with their beaks a bit longer and sharper than they would later become. Both magpies speak with prole American accents here; I never particularly liked Jeckle's alleged "English" accent (which changed alarmingly from one toon to the next), so I thought this was an interesting difference.

Most significantly, in "McDougal's Rest Farm" Heckle and Jeckle are merely two magpies (the leaders?) out of an entire squadron of identical magpies. They're looking for a place to build a bird house, and they decide to do so on McDougal's Rest Farm, which is reserved for peace and quiet. Dimwit, apparently the guard dog here, tries to stop all the racket.

There's the usual Terrytoon violence, although a bit less of it than usual because some screen time is wasted on gags involving a nappied piglet who is meant to be cute but is merely twee and annoying. The fade-out joke (a pun, not a sight gag) has Heckle and Jeckle showing some atypical generosity and kindness towards poor old Dimwit. I did like one gag earlier on, in which we expect a plummeting platform to land on Dimwit's head, but instead it just barely misses him. I give this Heckle and Jeckle toon some credit for varying their usual formula ... but, because it's less violent than usual, it's also less funny than usual. My rating: only 6 out of 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1947 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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