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Bone, Sweet Bone (1948)

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An archaeologist at a museum scolds his small, silent dog, Shep, for supposedly removing a bone belonging to a dinosaur skeleton and orders Shep to bring the bone back, but Shep finds that ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Curator / Shep (voice)


An archaeologist at a museum scolds his small, silent dog, Shep, for supposedly removing a bone belonging to a dinosaur skeleton and orders Shep to bring the bone back, but Shep finds that the place where he buried his most recent bone has been dug up and a bulldog is walking away with the bone in his mouth. Shep chases the bulldog with intent of retrieving the bone, and so begins a battle of wits between Shep and the bulldog in a spacious yard surrounding the bulldog's house. After hoodwinking the dog into trading the bone for a giant plaster bone facsimile loaded with dynamite connected to an ignited fuse, Shep waits for the explosion, then flees the enraged bulldog. He goes back to the museum with the bone in his mouth, but to his dismay, he learns from the archaeologist that the archaeologist had the bone in question in his pocket all the time and that the bone Shep had labored to retrieve had just been an old soup bone. Written by Kevin McCorry <>

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Shep's not a great character but the jokes are solid fare
27 February 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A palaeontologist is putting together a dinosaur from the basic bones, despite his dog Shep's habit of trying to eat the bones. When the final vertebra is missing and a bulldog is seen leaving the area with a bone, Shep's owner sends him off to recover the bone - a task that is actually not as easy as he maybe thought.

Cartoon characters trying to get past or get something from a massive bulldog is not a new plot device but it is generally still pretty funny. Here the plot sees a small dog trying to get a big bone from a big dog, with all the usual obstacles. It may not be startlingly imaginative but it is still pretty funny; the jokes are the usual fare but they have a fresh feel with a bit of imagination.

The character of the bulldog does what it always does, which is to just be big, imposing and mean; he does just what he is expected to do. Shep is a weak little character who doesn't really succeed even though he has some nice little traits. He does the work well though and is pretty funny to watch.

Overall this short is not really anything new or imaginative but it is still quite funny and worth watching as it does have it's own style despite borrowing jokes from numerous other shorts.

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