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September 9, 2011 5:33 AM   Subscribe

"You'll be sor-ry"...where did I hear / see this?

I have a nagging echo in my head from a TV show/cartoon/movie ???.. I don't know. In it a character makes a choice and the viewer knows it's probably not going to turn out well for them. In the background we hear "You'll be sorry" in a falsetto type voice. The phrase and the way it was spoken/sung has stuck in my head for years... where is it from? Youtube and Google haven't turned anything up.. Help me MeFi'ers or ....
posted by dukes909 to Grab Bag (52 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Empire Records. Warren (the shoplifting kid) exclaims as he's being hauled away by police "I'll be back and you'll be sorry!" and then the clerks start mocking that line "You'll be sorry!"

audio clip here
posted by namewithoutwords at 5:39 AM on September 9, 2011


Simpsons... not sure what episode, but it is a recreation on the 'Monkey's Paw' ... Ah, Treehouse of Horror II... its the guy who sells Homer the paw.
posted by bob bisquick at 5:40 AM on September 9, 2011


Yup, definitely monkey paw guy.
posted by yellowbinder at 5:42 AM on September 9, 2011


Bugs Bunny did this. I'll be damned if I know what cartoon it was.
posted by hermitosis at 5:43 AM on September 9, 2011 [4 favorites]


The first thing that came to my mind was a commerical for the Hasbro Board Game Sorry.

The commericals I found with a google search were very recent, however, and my memory of the "You'll be sorry...." quote you are seeking would be from a much older commercial (70's or 80's).
posted by labwench at 5:44 AM on September 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I can't search for it right now, but I swear there's an older Bugs Bunny (back when he was drawn more, uh rounded I guess and was more of a chatoic neutral sort of smartass) that does this. At least that's what immediately jumps into my head.
posted by pupdog at 5:44 AM on September 9, 2011


I think it comes from a late 60's or early 70's TV commercial. (For some sort of detergent or glass cleaner?)
posted by klarck at 5:44 AM on September 9, 2011


My Name is Talky Tina, and you'll be sorry?
posted by Gordafarin at 5:44 AM on September 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I almost want to say the Ghost of Christmas Present did this in the movie Scrooged, but cannot find a reference to it at the moment. The sing-song, high pitched nature of the phrase as I'm vaguely remembering it would fit her antics perfectly.
posted by samsara at 5:45 AM on September 9, 2011


Came in here to say Talky Tina as well.
Man, that still gives me shivers.
posted by Dr-Baa at 5:46 AM on September 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow thanks for the quick replies. I am not familiar with Empire Records so I don't think that's it. Simpson's - hmm - I seem to recall this from my childhood - or at least teen years, which would predate Simpson's by a few years.

Bugs Bunny - I think this may be it, as I watched Bugs as much as possible..man I miss those cartoons.
posted by dukes909 at 5:49 AM on September 9, 2011


Not familiar with Talky Tina at all. What I remember is a disembodied voice sort of in the background, almost like a ghost, or whatever.
posted by dukes909 at 5:51 AM on September 9, 2011


I think it's Warner Brothers, too, and those predate so much. Maybe this one: the Ducksters (heads-up: autoplaying cartoon)?
posted by theredpen at 5:53 AM on September 9, 2011


It looks like they cut that line from rebroadcasts, too.
posted by theredpen at 5:55 AM on September 9, 2011


Ducksters is funny, but I don't remember that one...
posted by dukes909 at 5:58 AM on September 9, 2011


One other one. I would apparently do anything to avoid working right now.
posted by theredpen at 6:10 AM on September 9, 2011


I think theredpen's got it, I just found the same clip.
posted by Gordafarin at 6:15 AM on September 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is close, but I don't remember Bugs saying it. I want to say it was almost a "singing saw" type voice if anyone knows what that is. Maybe I almagamated all of these in my head...who knows.
posted by dukes909 at 6:15 AM on September 9, 2011


my gut reaction was one of the home alone movies, but i can't remember the proper context.
posted by ritual system at 6:20 AM on September 9, 2011


There was a Warner Brothers cartoon (either Merrie Melodies or Looney Tunes) which had a brief scene of a longhorn skull near a watering hole and a "Don't Drink, Poison" sign; the skull intones the lines in a hallucinatory moment.
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:24 AM on September 9, 2011 [5 favorites]


The skull scene sounds about right..I wish I could find it.
posted by dukes909 at 6:26 AM on September 9, 2011


What I remember is a disembodied voice sort of in the background, almost like a ghost, or whatever.

When I first saw the question I remember Slimer from the Ghostbusters cartoon saying it.

I imagine it's from something much older, and all the different iterations are stacked layers of references, many unaware that what they're referencing isn't the original to begin with.
posted by Jon_Evil at 6:35 AM on September 9, 2011


The cow skull is from the Popeye cartoon Double Cross Country Race.
posted by Gordafarin at 6:40 AM on September 9, 2011 [5 favorites]


A-lad-in his lamp. YTL here (6.33)
posted by Namlit at 6:41 AM on September 9, 2011


This is amazing that there are so many different instances of it the phrase.

I swore it would be the cow skull one but I've never seen the Popeye cartoon and used to avoid Popeye cartoons...so it wasn't this one either...dang. Apparently I am avoiding work today also!
posted by dukes909 at 6:45 AM on September 9, 2011


I remember hearing that from Bugs Bunny. Heathcliff the cat says it here and there, but I mostly remember first hearing that in Looney Tunes.
posted by Sweetmag at 6:50 AM on September 9, 2011


Maybe Tweety Bird?
posted by TWinbrook8 at 6:56 AM on September 9, 2011


This is Bugs saying it.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 7:03 AM on September 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Gordafarin called it; the slapstick style of the Paramount shorts was very similar to the Warner pieces.
posted by Smart Dalek at 7:03 AM on September 9, 2011


Tweety Bird is quoted as having said "Don't hit him, Granny. Don't hit him Granny! You'll be sowwy!" here.
posted by misteraitch at 7:05 AM on September 9, 2011


In the vein of it being a recurring line in cartoons, I'm pretty sure some high-pitched voice weasel (probably after he's laughed himself to death?) says it at some point in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
posted by Wretch729 at 7:14 AM on September 9, 2011


I know I'm going to be working it into every conversation I have today at least once.
posted by theredpen at 7:20 AM on September 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Rings a bell with me too.

Labyrinth?

On the way down to the Bog of Eternal Stench? That lady with Charlie Bear?

...or The Explorers?
posted by run"monty at 7:21 AM on September 9, 2011


I have a vague recollection of a commercial in the late 60s or 70s for some kind of antacid, where a woman says "you'll be sorry" in just the way you describe to a man who's about to eat some kind of gargantuan meal, and then says "I told you you'd be sorry" after he eats it. Googling doesn't help me find the brand or any reference to it, but maybe that will prompt a memory for you.
posted by muhonnin at 7:31 AM on September 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I came in to say the same as Wretch729. I definitely remember hearing that somewhere in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
posted by trogdole at 7:39 AM on September 9, 2011


I'm sorry to say I never saw Roger Rabbit...one of those movies I just never got around to.
posted by dukes909 at 7:42 AM on September 9, 2011


Just to clarify my above answer: Bugs Bunny is saying it at 6:33 in the linked youtube clip of A-lad-in his lamp. So, yes, it is from Bugs Bunny (among others).
posted by Namlit at 7:48 AM on September 9, 2011


There's a Seattle company with an annoying sing-songy "You'll be sor-ry" at the end of all their radio commercials (Video Only? I think that's them.)
posted by bunji at 8:11 AM on September 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


Ah yes, and I think Namlit's Bugs Bunny video is probably only just one instance of something they repeated often, maybe even across characters (the Tweety comment above rings true to me). Anyhow, that's a perfect example of what I remember, if maybe not the exact cartoon.
posted by hermitosis at 8:20 AM on September 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


It goes back to old time radio and the quiz "Take It or Leave It", better known today as "The $64 Question".

The audience is encouraged to heckle [host Phil] Baker and the contestant. If the audience thinks the contestant is not equal to, say, the $32 question, they warn him to pocket his money and leave, chanting: "You'll be sorry."
posted by Gridlock Joe at 8:21 AM on September 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Video Only commercial?

Shop at Video Only or "You'll be sooo-oorrrry!"

I can't find a clip . . . sorry ;)
posted by ainsley at 8:49 AM on September 9, 2011


This is going to be stuck in my head all day. Thanks people.
posted by Skygazer at 8:54 AM on September 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


And, strangely in my head it's in an Elmer Fudd voice.
posted by Skygazer at 8:58 AM on September 9, 2011


Could it have been Daffy Duck (Daffy's Southern Exposure)?
posted by theredpen at 9:00 AM on September 9, 2011


How about "You'll be sorry PeeWee Herman!"
posted by salvia at 9:01 AM on September 9, 2011


Man, what is their obsession with this line?? So funny how often it comes up!
posted by theredpen at 9:03 AM on September 9, 2011


Not Daffy that I remember, but it is another funny one...
posted by dukes909 at 9:29 AM on September 9, 2011


Coming in late, but in my head anyway, that is definitely a Tweety Bird-ism.
posted by Mchelly at 9:52 AM on September 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


"There's a Seattle company with an annoying sing-songy "You'll be sor-ry" at the end of all their radio commercials (Video Only? I think that's them.)"

Makes me want to drive off the road every time I hear it.
posted by bz at 12:19 PM on September 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Holy shrimp! I am so sure I know what you're talking about. Please let me win. Was it an episode of Spongebob (Just One Bite, S2E17) in which our hero finds out Squidward has never had a Krabby Patty and insists that he try one? Early in the episode he wheedles, "You won't be so-rry!" Since Viacom clamps down hard, the only link I could find was a Slovenian site here. The moment is at 3:09. I really hope that's it!!

Don't ask me how I know this.
posted by therewolf at 4:24 PM on September 9, 2011


I just saw this on Popeye a couple of weeks ago. Popeye is driving through the desert and his car is dying. Bluto turns a sign around that says Poisonous Water, and writes on it "Fill Radiator Here." As Popeye starts to get some water, a cow skull laying nearby says "You'll be sorry!"
posted by IndigoRain at 8:33 PM on September 9, 2011


I instantly also thought of the annoying Video Only commercials that play incessantly here in Portland.
"shop at Video Only or you'll be sorrryyy"
posted by Pork n Beans at 9:43 PM on September 9, 2011


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