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The Captain's Pup (1938)

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The mangiest pup at Pete's Pooch Palace catches the Captain's eye. He takes it home, but Mama is less than thrilled; she forbids it to stay in the house. The Captain pretends to put it out,... See full summary »

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The mangiest pup at Pete's Pooch Palace catches the Captain's eye. He takes it home, but Mama is less than thrilled; she forbids it to stay in the house. The Captain pretends to put it out, but hides it under his coat. At the dinner table, though, it is soon exposed. Confined to the back yard, the dog howls the night away. The Captain is sent outside to quiet it, but is too tired to make it out the door. He finally gets there and sneaks the dog back inside to his own bed. The dog sees the Captain's foot and seizes it like a rabbit, waking both the Captain and Mama. Exiled to the hallway, Hamlet (as the dog is now known) spots a mouse and chases it into the trap, giving the Captain in idea. He releases the mouse into Mama's room, then sends Hamlet in to chase it into the trap, and Hamlet is declared a hero. Misunderstanding, Hamlet rounds up a whole mouse family, getting both him and the Captain exiled to the back yard. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?
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a one joke cartoon, average at best, though the ending is good

This is a Captain and the Kids short from MGM. There will be spoilers ahead:

The MGM series, The Captain and the Kids, wasn't a very good one, as the humor didn't translate well fro the comic strip to the screen. This one is a prime example of that problem.

As a Sunday strip, this would have probably worked, because it's essentially one joke-the Captain buys a dog, Mama objects and the Captain gets in trouble because of the dog. That's really all there is to the plot. It's not enough to sustain almost nine minutes of animation.

So you wind up watching the dog squirm around, or the Captain sleeping, Mama scowling and it all adds up to one rather long and static cartoon with sporadic action and the one joke effectively beaten into a coma. There are a couple of amusing bits with a hot dog and one where the dog is stalking the Captain's big toe, but there's far too little that's funny. The ending is cute, if predictable. This is worth watching once.


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