29 June 2016 | TheLittleSongbird
Almost as great as 'The Goofy Gophers'
Of the Arthur Davis-directed Gophers cartoons, the best and funniest is 1947's 'The Goofy Gophers'. 'Two Gophers from Texas' is still extremely good and almost as great as that cartoon, just not quite as funny, original or clever.
The dialogue is razor-sharp and witty and the gags- in laugh-a-minute mode- are imaginative and executed very well indeed, if not quite as brilliantly as in 'The Goofy Gophers'. The fast pacing and fun story, detailing of the intellectual and well-spoken dog even when crafty not being a match for the very polite but also very dangerous gophers, further complement the humour. The dark and often brutal slapstick and violence also add to the fun without being too over-the-top cartoonish or too sadistic that it's stomach churning.
Here in 'Two Gophers from Texas', the animation is great, with some luscious colours and richly detailed backgrounds and everything is very fluidly and smoothly drawn with no obviously jarring movements or frames. Carl Stalling has been consistently wonderful with his music, it is always dynamic and beautiful to listen to while also enhancing the action and colour(which is what music in cartoons should do) and his scoring for 'Two Gophers from Texas' is not a disappointment whatsoever. The dog and gophers work wonders together, and voiced with aplomb by the always entertaining Stan Freberg and particularly one of the gods of voice-acting Mel Blanc.
Overall, great cartoon. 9/10 Bethany Cox