Saturday, July 17, 2010

Leave it to Gopher

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In Lady and the Tramp (1954), there is a scene where the lovely dog couple enter the zoo to look for something to remove Lady's muzzle. There, they find a beaver trying to move a log who bites the muzzle off.

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That particular beaver later reincarnated into the hardworking Gopher who made an appearance in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1965). Like the beaver, Gopher has the same personality and "speech impediment" where he adds a whistling sound to his words.

Though not an actual character from the book, Gopher managed to fit in well as a resident of the 100 Acre Wood. He also invented a classic running gag where he falls into his own dug-up hole without looking.

Here is a link to a clip that shows Gopher falling down a hole: Gopher

Beaver and Gopher are characters that belong to Walt Disney Studios.

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