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Looney Tunes animated short, directed by Bob Clampett. Images of family feuds had become part of Folklore of the United States since the late 19th century, deriving from the depictions of actual conflicts such as the Hatfield—McCoy feud in the sensationalist press. By the s, depictions of hillbilly culture in mass media typically involved two families engaged in an armed conflict over mountains and hills. On one hand, they were images from what was for most Americans a half-forgotten past.
An Atavistic throwback to the 19th century. But the economic hardship that was also part of the hillbilly image resonated with what much of the audience was either already experiencing or feared it would experience. Warner Bros. Cartoons adopted pre-existing stereotypes concerning hillbillies for their cartoons.
As a variation, the familiar image of the bearded and barefoot yokel was transformed into that of an anthropomorphic barnyard animal. Otherwise, naughty neighborhood characterization of the stereotypical hillbillies remained the same and humor was derived from their feuds, their violence, their stupidity, their odd speech, their music, and their laziness. The overall image was clearly related with other contemporary stereotypes concerning Southernerssuch as their supposed strange way of speaking, laziness, and that they were quick to anger and resort to violence.
In the hands of Tex AveryBob Clampettand Friz Frelengthe cartoon hillbillies emerged as figures who foiled the power of local sheriffs, drove away those who attempted to preach peace to them, rejected urbanization, and lacked work ethic. But also figures who remained free to do as they pleases and to reject the influences of mainstream American culture. Frierson views them as anarchistsan alternative to the "patriotic" and conformist characters depicted in so many films from the same period.
In this Romeo and Juliet meets the Hatfields and McCoys short, the film is set in the "quiet hills of old Kaintucky" Kentuckywhere according to the introduction "the hill folk live in peace and harmony". This description is immediately contradicted by a brief view of a chaotic battle.
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The following scene introduces the two le, who start singing an idealistic song about how "the fighting ends" and about their new friendship. Or as Porky puts it: "Now we're pally-wallies". Curiously Porky and Petunia are apparently the only pigs of either family.
As the song continues, side-scenes reveal that the two leaders are being overly optimistic.
Their fondness for each other is genuine, but this is far from true for the other clan members. A black duck from the McCoy clan calmly observes to a white duck from the Martin clan, that it is unbelievable that after all these years of shooting at each other, their clans would end up friends.
They both scream their conclusion that "It'll never work". Elsewhere, two ducks from the rival clans are dancing a graceful minuetbut interrupt their dance to physically fight each other. Before long, covert aggression between the two clans gives way to renewed hostilities.
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The device resembles hand grenade but is decorated with heart symbols pierced by arrows. He throws this "Pacifier" into the battlefield, and somehow several of the combatants change to maypole dancers. Others are playing marbles or are embracing each other. The finale scenes resemble a pastoral romance.
The film recycles a visual gag from A Feud There Was In the gag, a mother cat attempts to use a milk churn to feed her hungry litter of kittens. Only one kitten can drink at any time, while the others cry.
When bullets open additional holes in the churn, there is a stream of milk for each of the kittens. The plot might involve a feudbut naughty neighborhood scenes invoke images of war: a gas mask, a grenade, and a bugle calling troops to battle. In a memorable scene, a group of ducks hatch from their eggs, use the eggshells as helmets, and respond to the call of the bugle.
Michael Frierson suggests that all the war images serve as allusions to the European theatre of World War IIwhich had just begun. The insincerity of the pact between the feuding hillbillies, might then be a satirical view of such pacts between ideological enemies. In the subtext of the film, it can be seen as a commentary that despite attempts at peaceful resolution, a widening war in Europe was inevitable. The two leading characters, who never take part in the feud, spend most of the naughty neighborhood interacting in a cute and romantic way.
Distant from the battlefield, they promenade in the hills and act as a singing duet. The ending is abrupt and the grenade acts as a deus ex machinaresolving the feud in a rather unconvincing manner.
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