Pride of the Yard (1954)

Pride of the Yard (1954)
Article 5968 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-18-2021
Directed by Eddie Donnelly
Voice cast unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Not Droopy

Two criminals escape from jail. Percival Sleuthhound is put on the case.

Whatever good points can be made about Terrytoons cartoons, it’s usually better for them if they can avoid direct comparison with the output of the other cartoon studios. That will happen if you try to create a new character that is obviously modeled off of a well-known animated star from another studio; Percival Sleuthhound is obviously a rip-off of Droopy. And without someone like Tex Avery at the helm, it’s going to feel like a very tired imitation of its model. I suspect Terrytoons figured that out; as far as I know, this is their only use of the character. For the most part, this cartoon really doesn’t qualify to be reviewed for this series, but one gag involves a rocket to Mars and the momentary appearance of Martians, so here it is. This is one of the most forgettable and unnecessary efforts from Terrytoons.

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