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I Got Plenty of Mutton (1944)

A wolf, deprived of meat by war rationing and starving, sees an article in the newspaper about a sheepdog leaving his flock to join the army and thinks it will be easy pickings. However, if... See full summary »

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A wolf, deprived of meat by war rationing and starving, sees an article in the newspaper about a sheepdog leaving his flock to join the army and thinks it will be easy pickings. However, if he had read the rest of the article first, he would have known that the flock is now guarded by the ram, "Killer Diller," a formidable foe. When the straightforward approach doesn't work, the wolf dresses as an attractive lady sheep, which immediately lures the amorous ram. The hapless wolf's attempt to club the ram, however, fails when he whacks an overhanging branch instead. He escapes, to another tree that conveniently has a safe hanging in it; it drops on the ram, but he emerges unscathed. Next is an anti-aircraft gun, but the ram hauls the disguised wolf inside. The panicked wolf runs for hours, finally tearing off his disguise in desperation "I'm a wolf!" "So am I!" Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The newspaper caption around 3:12 reads "SHEEP DOG LEAVES HIS FLOCK TO JOIN THE WAGS". The Wireless Air Gunners were specialists in the Royal Canadian Air Force whose uniform badge showed the letters "WAG" and "RCAF". Many Americans joined the Canadian military to fight in the World Wars before the US entered them. See more »

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Wonderful, one of Tashlin's best
20 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

While not exactly an animated masterpiece I Got Plenty of Mutton comes very close to that. It also is further proof that Frank Tashlin deserved to be better known, and is one of his best. The animation is fluid and vibrant, the camera angles never fail to delight, and you can never go wrong with Carl Stalling's characterful music or Mel Blanc's bravura voice acting. The dialogue has a lot of freshness and wit and made even funnier by Blanc's voices. The gags are very well-timed and clever, very little predictability in sight and the story keeps things simple and doesn't become confused or simplistic. The characters carry I Got Plenty of Mutton strongly, especially the Wolf, very important as he is the main character.

All in all, a wonderful cartoon and one of underrated Tashlin's best. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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