Friday, July 29, 2011

La Feet's Defeat (1968)

As a whole I love the early Inspector shorts. Has wonderful designs, funny gags, and the character interactions between the Inspector and Sgt. Deux-Deux makes it worthwhile. However, half-way through the series Deux-Deux began appearing less and less.

John Dunn, who wrote the earlier shorts with the character, stopped writing on Inspector and the duty went to Jim Ryan instead. Dunn, Tony Benedict, Jack Miller, and David Detiege occasionally filled in during this time.

Unfortunately Jim Ryan was a weak writer. His gags often fell apart and the story can be incoherent, and he never seemed to know how to end a cartoon.

This cartoon marks the only time Ryan used Deux-Deux and it ended up being his last appearance. However he's a completely different character here; while in his other appearances he would play as Inspector's reluctant sidekick here he's portrayed as an eager young recruit. He even has a different voice as well, courtesy of Don Messick.

7 comments:

Mr. Semaj said...

This is something I've been wondering for a long time: which Inspector cartoon was it where the Commissioner kept chasing Inspector in and out of doors?

Brubaker said...

"Le Escape Goat"

Yowp said...

Hulu. Can't view it outside the U.S. Yippee.

I wonder why he was named "Deux-Deux." The series nothing to do with ballet.

Brubaker said...

Here's a YouTube link (abet PAL-compressed)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASrJR50HcE4

top cat james said...

Paul Frees is also sorely missed as the Commissioner in this cartoon.

Brubaker said...

Marvin Miller actually took over as the Commissioner's voice in his later appearances.

The character went through four actors. In addition to Frees and Miller he was also voiced by Larry Storch (in his first two appearances) and Mark Skor ("Canadian Can Can" only)

Chris Sig said...

Not the best swan song for poor Deux-Deux, IMO. Then again, it didn't seem to stop Jim Ryan's career in later years to come...