“I do stuff to him like this all through the picture,” was the Tex Avery credo at Warner Bros. but he carried the same attitude into the MGM cartoons practically to the end, even though the characters never had to express it in words any more.
That’s what happens throughout Deputy Droopy. Two safe robbers try to stay quiet so they don’t wake the sleeping sheriff, but Droopy goes to every bizarre length to make sure they make noise.
Actually, the first gag is more along the lines of a Wile E. Coyote plan that comes crashing down due to some unforeseen karmic circumstance. The crooks take off their boots so their footsteps won’t wake the sheriff. But they don’t anticipate (or see) nails bent upward from the wooden floor.
Any Avery fan knows what happens next. Selected frames.
Heck Allen helped with the story, but Avery and most of his unit were let go while this cartoon was in production in 1953 (it was released in 1955). Animator Mike Lah took over direction (he was working on other projects at MGM) and the Hanna-Barbera unit of Ray Patterson, Ed Barge, Ken Muse, Irv Spence and newly-promoted animator Lew Marshall joined Avery’s one other holdover, Walt Clinton. Patterson and Grant Simmons soon went to work for Walter Lantz before opening their own company the following year, Clinton went to work for Five Star Productions by year’s end.