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Don't Give Up the Sheep (1953)

A sheepdog thwarts the efforts of a thieving wolf whose tricks include altering the time clock, hiding in a bush, imitating Pan, digging a tunnel, unleashing a wildcat and disguising himself as the dog's coworker.

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Ralph Sheepdog / Ralph Wolf / Fred Sheepdog / Wildcat (voice)
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In this matchup of wolf and sheepdog, the sheepdog is identified as Ralph, and the wolf isn't named and doesn't punch the clock. The sheepdog is also not as good at anticipating the wolf's moves. But the wolf is, ultimately, no more successful; his Acme wildcat turns on him; his Tarzan-like vine swinging gets him only the sheepdog, no sheep, and the subsequent war of cutting down tree limbs, the tree, and ultimately the cliff where the tree grows, is done in by cartoon physics. Ultimately, he tries posing as Fred, the night shift dog, with no success. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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First appearance of Sam Sheepdog (referred to here as "Ralph") and Ralph Wolf (unnamed here). See more »


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William Tell Overture
Music by Gioachino Rossini
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when Sam was Ralph
22 December 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

In the first pairing of Sam Sheepdog (here named Ralph) and Ralph Wolf (here anonymous), the latter constantly tries to snatch the sheep but the former always foils him, even when not too wise to the wolf's plans. I will say that I sort of predicted what would happen in the scene where they kept chopping the tree and cliff, but the truth is that nothing can weaken a cartoon like this. "Don't Give Up the Sheep" is a formidable part of cartoon history (only Chuck Jones could create a cartoon where a sheepdog works punch-clock shifts). Still, a later cartoon where they both punched the clock made the idea a little neater, what with how it raised the stakes.


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