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Often an Orphan (1949)

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Abandoned in the country by his old master, Charlie Dog tries to force himself upon farmer Porky Pig, playing upon his sympathies with a histrionic rendition of the horrors of big-city life.

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Porky / Charlie Dog / Charlie Dog's Master / Various Other Dogs (voice)
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Abandoned in the country by his old master, Charlie Dog tries to force himself upon farmer Porky Pig, playing upon his sympathies with a histrionic rendition of the horrors of big-city life.

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13 August 1949 (USA)  »

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Olipa kerran orpo  »

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Charlie Dog: All my life, I've dreamed the day I could live in the country. I'm not strong! I need lots of fresh air, and milk, and cream...
[Coughs]
Charlie Dog: and fresh leafy vegetables!
[Sobs]
Porky: B-but I -
Charlie Dog: Good, clean, wholesome farm living!
[Sobs]
Porky: B-but I -
Charlie Dog: And now -
[Sniffs]
[...]
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Referenced in Dog Tales (1958) See more »

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My Buddy
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Played when Charlie cries at the tree stump
Also played when Porky tells Charlie that he can stay
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After hearing Charlie Dog say "shut up", who wouldn't want to go around saying it?
16 August 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Watching "Often an Orphan", it's surprising that Charlie Dog didn't become a regular Looney Tunes character. In this cartoon, he gets abandoned by his master and starts pestering Porky Pig to adopt him. When Porky refuses, Charlie launches into an emotion-manipulating monologue about the horrors of city life. It later turns out that Charlie is smarter than Porky.

So, maybe this wasn't the best Looney Tunes cartoon ever, but it's great just because of how Charlie says "Well then shaddup!" Only Mel Blanc could create a voice like that. Worth seeing. And I guess that you could say that Porky puts on a few "pounds" at the end.


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