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Bone, Sweet Bone (1948)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Short, Comedy  |  22 May 1948 (USA)
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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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Referenced in Bowery Bugs (1949) See more »


Brahms' Lullaby
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Music by Johannes Brahms
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Warner's answer to Pluto
29 February 2004 | by (Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

At the Museum of Natural History a archaeologist (who by the looks of him simply has to be related to Elmer Fudd) is putting the skeleton of a brontosaurus together. Missing a piece of the vertebra, his dog Shep is the obvious suspect. But the bone that Shep just buried has already been dug up and nicked by a big bulldog, so Shep has to find a way to get it back from him. A moment later the curator finds the missing bone in his pocket, but decides to let his pet go after that dangerous big bully anyway.

This cartoon has the same basic plot as most of Pluto's cartoons over at Disney, but as usual the Warner characters get up to a lot more crazy stuff. Shep proves himself to be a master of stealth, knows how to walk the tightrope and is also an accomplished mine-worker (complete with pick ax and helmet). The bulldog on the other hand is a jock who enjoys rugby, bowling, baseball and basketball. In all of these sports, Shep is used as the ball. When Shep lands near a construction site, he decides to make a booby trap bone.

Finally back at the museum , Shep has to mime the whole story all over again only to find out all his troubles were for naught. This affects him so much that he does another thing Pluto would never do: he starts to speak.

6 out of 10

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