promotional drawing from Lady, Play Your Mandolin! [LT&MM]
The character of Foxy is the most blatant of the many
Disney rip-offs attempted by the Harman-Ising studio. Foxy is a perfect
clone of Mickey Mouse, save for the tapered ears and bushy tail. He was
the original star of the Merrie Melodies series, first appearing with
his unnamed girlfriend in Lady, Play
Your Mandolin!. Two subsequent cartoons followed, after which
Foxy was abandoned for an even shorter-lived character: Piggy.
Foxy is probably best remembered for his appearance in Smile,
Darn Ya, Smile!, which ranks as one of the best of the early
Foxy and Roxy from One More Time (left) with Foxy &
Roxy from Tiny Toon Adventures (right)
Foxy was among the
early Warner Bros. characters resurrected by the producers of the television
series Tiny Toon Adventures, appearing in the episode "Two-Tone
Town" along with Goopy Geer. It was
here where his girlfriend was given the name Roxy, and where we discover
where they've been and what they were doing for the past sixty years.
Foxy and Roxy were redesigned to be much less Mickey-like and more fox-like.
The updated duo bear a striking resemblance to the main characters in
the Animaniacs series, who (in the context of the show) were
also early-1930s cartoon characters.