Sheriff Hoot Kloot (1973-74) (17 Cartoons) (Blu-ray)
Larry D. Mann
Diminutive loudmouth Sheriff Hoot Kloot, astride his curmudgeonly, limping horse Fester, wages an ongoing battle of witlessness against lunatic sheep rustler Crazywolf. DePatie-Freleng’s only series of cartoon Westerns, the Sheriff Hoot Kloot™ films are characterized by especially strong direction and layout (by Hawley Pratt, Gerry Chiniquy, Art Leonardi and others). Delighted with the chance to slip in clever Wild West in-jokes, writer John Dunn further pits Kloot and crew against a veritable rogues gallery of ridiculous outlaw villains, including Billy the Kidder, Calamitous Jane, Butch Casualty, Wild Bill Hiccup, and the hanging Judge Soy Bean.
KLOOT’S COUNTY • APACHE ON THE COUNTY SEAT • THE SHOE MUST GO ON • A SELF-WINDING SIDEWINDER • PAY YOUR BUFFALO BILL • STIRRUPS AND HICCUPS • TEN MILES TO THE GALLOP • PHONY EXPRESS • GIDDY UP WOE • GOLD STRUCK • AS THE TUMBLEWEED TURNS • THE BADGE AND THE BEAUTIFUL • BIG BEEF AT THE O.K. CORRAL • BY HOOT OR BY CROOK • STRANGE ON THE RANGE • MESA TROUBLE • SADDLE SOAP OPERA
Blu-ray Extras Include:
• Two documentaries by Greg Ford and William Hohauser: “DePatie-Freleng’s Range Rovers” and “Art for Art’s Sake” (a tribute to brilliant DePatie-Freleng multi-hyphenate Art Leonardi), featuring Mark Arnold, Jerry Beck, Barbara Donatelli, Will Friedwald, Art Leonardi and layout artist Martin Strudler.
• Audio commentaries for selected films by author Mark Arnold, cartoon director Bob Balser (archival audio), animation historian Jerry Beck, filmmaker Greg Ford and cartoon writer William Hohauser.
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