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Little Orphan Airedale (1947)

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In his never-ending quest for the good life, pushy mongrel Charlie attempts to ingratiate himself with his unwilling "master," Porky Pig.


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Credited cast:
Porky Pig / Charlie Dog / Rags McMutt / City Geek (voice)


Charlie Dog, looking for a good home and some easy living, thinks he's found the perfect sap in Porky Pig. He tries to ingratiate himself with the pig, all the way avoiding Porky's attempts to get rid of the dead-beat dog. Written by Mike Konczewski

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4 October 1947 (USA)  »

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First appearance of Charlie Dog. See more »


Followed by Awful Orphan (1949) See more »


Hungarian Dance No. 7
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played when Charlie performs tricks
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Pretty amusing little Porky short
13 March 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Rags McDuff breaks out of the dog pound. Hunted down like, well, like a dog, he takes refuge in a car. Inside the car he bumps into another dog who tells him the importance of getting a master to keep him out of the pound. He tells the story of how he managed to land his owner - Porky Pig.

Thanks mainly to the smart mouthed dog in the lead role, this cartoon manages to be funny without ever really being hilarious. The plot has a prologue and an epilogue to it involving the dog pound, but the focus is on the main dog telling the story of how he kept pestering Porky until he supposedly took him in as his dog. Porky keeps throwing him out and the dog has to keep trying all sorts of stuff to get back in. It never had me rolling in the aisles but it was pretty pacy and plenty to amuse and tickle.

Porky is OK but has little impact in the comedy stakes - all that rests on the shoulders of the main dog. He carries it fairly well as he emotionally swings all over the place and plays all the cards that he can in an effort to adopt Porky as his master. He isn't a perfect character but he does pretty well.

Overall, this is not a hilarious cartoon but it is pretty funny. The dog pound stuff seems like a waste of time at the start - but the story telling set up does allow for a good punch line, even if it could have used the opening few moments a little bit better. Amusing and worth watching.

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