, created by Alex Anderson, is the eponym
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ous hero of a segment on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
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which parodied early 20th century melodrama
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and silent film
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(by using only a piano
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as a musical background) in the form of the Northern genre
The Northern or Northwestern is an American and Canadian genre in literature and film made popular by the writings of Rex Beach and Zane Grey. It is similar to the Western genre but the action occurs in the Canadian North and typically features Mounties instead of, for example, cowboys or sheriffs...
Dudley Do-Right is a dim-witted Canadian Mountie
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who is always trying to catch his nemesis Snidely Whiplash
Snidely Whiplash is the cartoon arch-villain to Dudley Do-Right in the tongue-in-cheek Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties segments of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show by American animation pioneer Jay Ward....
, more often succeeding by pure luck than anything else. He romantically pursued Nell Fenwick, the daughter of Inspector Fenwick, the head of the Mountie station. However, a running gag
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throughout the series was Nell's interest in his horse (called Horse), to the point that she scarcely noticed Dudley's interest.
Dudley Do-Right once made a cameo in a "Rocky and Bullwinkle Fan Club" segment, playing the hero in "She Can't Pay the Rent", a play staged by Boris Badenov
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. Rocky and Bullwinkle also appeared as cameo in an episode called "Mountie Bear".
In the standard intro, Dudley is seen riding his horse backwards.
Dudley Do-Right Show
The Dudley Do-Right Show
is an animated television series assembled by P.A.T. Film Services, consisting of cartoons produced by Jay Ward Productions
Jay Ward Productions was an Amercian animated television cartoon series production company, founded in 1949 by American animator Jay Ward. It made extensive use of limited animation techniques....
and Total Television, which aired Sunday mornings on ABC-TV from April 27, 1969 to September 6, 1970. Each half-hour show included two segments each of Dudley Do-Right Of The Mounties
and The World Of Commander McBragg
, along with one segment each of Tooter Turtle
and The Hunter
. Dudley Do-Right
was a Jay Ward production, while the other segments were products of Total Television. Both companies used Gamma Productions, a Mexico-based animation studio.
The U.S. syndicated version of the show, called Dudley Do Right And Friends
, differs from The Dudley Do-Right Show
, featuring most of the same recurring cartoon segments, but a different episode selection. The syndicated package features Dudley Do-Right Of The Mounties, The World Of Commander McBragg, The King And Odie,
and The Hunter
. The latter two originally appeared as part of King Leonardo And His Short Subjects
, a series that aired between October 15, 1960 and September 28, 1963 on NBC-TV. Twenty-six new segments of both series were produced for CBS-TV's Tennessee Tuxedo And His Tales
in 1963, and these later segments are included in the syndicated Dudley Do Right And Friends
Actors (voice overs) included:
- Bill Scott - Dudley Do-Right
- June Foray
June Foray is an American voice actress, best known as the voice of many animated characters...
- Nell Fenwick
- Hans Conried
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- Snidely Whiplash
- Paul Frees
Paul Frees was an American voice actor and character actor.-Biography:He was born Solomon Hersh Frees in Chicago...
- Inspector Fenwick/Narrator
- William Conrad
William Conrad was an American actor, producer and director whose career spanned five decades in radio, film and television....
did several (but not all) of the narrations.
- The Disloyal Canadians - Whiplash smuggles stolen furs via musical instruments
- Finding Gold
- Mortgagin' The Mountie Post
- Trap Bait
- Masked Ginny Lynne - Nell dons a mask and becomes a singing "sensation" via Whiplash
- The Centaur
- Railroad Tracks - Whiplash ties everything and everyone to railroad tracks
- Foreclosing Mortgages
- Snidley Mounted Police
- Mother Love
- Mountie Bear
- Inspector Dudley Do-Right
- Recruiting Campaign
- Out Of Uniform
- Lure Of The Footlights
- Bullet Proof Suit
- Miracle Drug
- Elevenworth Prison
- Saw Mill
- Mountie Without A Horse
- Mother Whiplash's Log Jam
- Stolen Art Masterpiece
- Mechanical Dudley
- Flicker Rock
- Faithful Dog
- Coming-Out Party
- Robbing Banks
- Skagway Dogsled-Pulling Contest
- Canadian Railway's Bridge
- Niagara Falls
- Snidely's Vic Whiplash Gym
- Marigolds - Dudley's allergic reaction to marigolds gives Whiplash an idea
- Trading Places
- Top Secret
- The Locket
- The Inspector's Nephew
- Matinee Idol
- Snidley Arrested - Whiplash becomes despondent enough to want to be arrested, only to be freed thanks to Nell
One segment originally seen on The Bullwinkle Show
, "Stokey the Bear", had been withheld from all reissues of the series because the U.S. Forest Service objected to the image of a bear that started
forest fires. The segment was finally released on home video in 2005.
In 1999, a live-action film
Dudley Do-Right is a 1999 romantic comedy film, based on Jay Ward's Dudley Do-Right, produced by Davis Entertainment for Universal Studios. The film stars Brendan Fraser as the cartoon's title character. It was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada...
starring Brendan Fraser
Brendan James Fraser is a Canadian-American film and stage actor. Fraser portrayed Rick O'Connell in the three-part Mummy film series , and is known for his comedic and fantasy film leading roles in major Hollywood films, including Encino Man , George of the Jungle , Dudley Do-Right , Monkeybone ,...
(as Dudley), Sarah Jessica Parker
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(as Nell), Alfred Molina
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(as Snidely), and Robert Prosky
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(Inspector Fenwick) was released. The movie was a box-office failure, as it had an opening weekend gross (domestically) of $3,018,345, which then went on to have a "domestic total gross" of $9,974,410. The movie was made on a budget of $70 million.
Theme park attraction
Dudley Do-Right is the theme of a log flume attraction at the Islands of Adventure
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theme park titled "Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls is a log flume ride at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida inspired by the Dudley Do-Right character created by cartoonists Jay Ward and Alex Anderson...
". Guests enter a queue themed to resemble a theater, with Dudley, Nell, Snidely and Horse presented as actors. Riders board cartoon logs and journey "into" the story, where Snidely has sinisterly captured Nell Fenwick. Horse and Dudley make their first appearance in front of a cyclorama
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backdrop, theatrically "charging" to the rescue.
The ride system contains three drops, the last and tallest of which is 75 feet. It is a hybrid flume/coaster that utilizes steel track to not only shoot guest-filled logs down the final drop, but under the water's surface and over a bunny hill. The ride system was designed and built by Mack GmbH and opened in 1999.
In popular culture
- The character is mentioned in the 1991 Tony Scott
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film The Last Boy Scout
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starring Bruce Willis
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and Damon Wayans
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. In one scene, Wayans' character accuses Willis's character of pretending to be a "Dudley f***ing Do Right" when, in fact, he is a lowlife.
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and The New Power Generation's 1991 single Gett Off
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includes the lyric "Dudley do no wrong tonight if Nell just let him kick it" in reference to Dudley's frustrated pursuit of Nell.
- In an issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly
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Sean Patrick Reiley , better known as Seanbaby, is an American writer best known for his comedy website and frequent contributions to video game media outlets Electronic Gaming Monthly and 1UP.com. He is also a regular contributor to the humor website Cracked.com...
's section "The Rest of the Crap" in which that month's topic was a Captain N: The Game Master
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parody, Seanbaby quoted that Simon Belmont in Captain N "talks like Dudley-Do Right".
- In the episode "Midnight Rx
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" of The Simpsons
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goes to a Canadian drug store called "Dudley Do Drugs" with an image of Dudley in effect of the drugs.
- The athletic bands of the Michigan State University
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, Wichita State University
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, and The University of Akron perform the theme song while the students act as if they are each riding a horse at various home games, such as basketball
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, and football
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. The theme song is played by the Wichita State Basketball Band for the opening and second half tip-offs at Wichita State basketball games.
- The theme music for Dudley Do-Right includes a small portion of Franz von Suppé
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's Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna.
- In the series Due South
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the Canadian Mountie-hero is referred to in one episode as "Dudley Do-Right".
- In the film Canadian Bacon
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, a character refers to a mountie with "Nice try, Dudley."
- In the essay Cowboys v. Mounties, from the book The Partly Cloudy Patriot
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by Sarah Vowell
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