The Goofy Gophers
Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
While the characters were originally conceived by Bob Clampett, the first cartoon featuring the pair, The Goofy Gophers (1947), wound up being directed by Arthur Davis. Clampett had finished recording the soundtrack, but animation had not been completed when he left the studio in 1945.
The characters were based partly on the super-polite Edward Everett Horton and Franklin Pangborn, including their rather “prissy” mannerisms, and also on Alphonse and Gaston, two early comic strip characters created by F.P. Opper who were also super-polite. Mel Blanc and Stan Freberg provided the characters’ voices.
The gophers have come to be known as “Mac ’n’ Tosh” -- apparently in a spoof of the Disney characters “Chip ’n’ Dale” -- but these names was never used in the classic era cartoons.
- The Goofy Gophers (Davis, 1947)
- Two Gophers From Texas (Davis, 1948)
- A Ham in a Role (McKImson, 1949)
- A Bone for a Bone (Freleng, 1951)
- I Gopher You (Freleng, 1954)
- Pests for Guests (Freleng, 1955)
- Lumber Jerks (Freleng, 1955)
- Gopher Broke (McKimson, 1958)