"Thanks! I Needed That!"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Aug 22 03:53:13 UTC 2010

On Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 9:22 PM, Garson O'Toole wrote:
> There is a discussion of cartoons on the Straightdope bulletin board
> that mentions a scenario with a slap followed by thanks. The poster
> claims the scenario appeared in Goofy Gophers with the characters Mac
> and Tosh. If Tosh was voiced Freberg as claimed then the time range is
> probably from 1947 to 1958 according to Wikipedia. In this case fear
> is not the cause of the behavior.
> http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/archive/index.php/t-340138.html
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goofy_Gophers
> Begin excerpt:
> teela brown 10-18-2005, 03:56 PM
> Not mice, they were the Goofy Gophers Mac and Tosh, and yep, Freberg
> played Tosh.
> The one that consistently cracks me up is their foray into a furniture
> factory when their home tree is cut down. Mac (or is it Tosh?) is sent
> into a planing machine and comes out a bit addled and with curly wood
> shavings on top of his head:
> Mac: "There was a little girl who had a little curl right in the
> middle of her forehead."
> Tosh: <SLAP!>
> Mac: "Thank you. I daresay I needed that."

That sounds like "Lumber Jerks" (1955):


But there's no slapping and no thanks in that scene -- starting about 5 minutes



Ben Zimmer

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