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Don't Give Up the Sheep (1953)

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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.


(as Charles M. Jones)


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Complete credited cast:
Ralph Sheepdog / Ralph Wolf / Fred Sheepdog (voice)


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 <>

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3 January 1953 (USA)  »

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This was the first of two Looney Tunes shorts to feature the Acme Wildcat. (The second was A Mutt in a Rut (1959).) In both, the perpetrator places the box containing the cat near intended target, then throws a long rope over a tree limb, and walks far away before pulling the rope, which opens the box, thus freeing the cat, who, almost immediately upon realization of its freedom, is whipped into a foreseen savage frenzy, then goes off and attacks the wrong person. See more »


Spin-off Sheep Raider (2001) See more »


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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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N9t the best one in the series of Ralph/Sam but still hilarious
24 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sam Sheepdog, I mean Ralph,is determined not to let Wile E. Coyote..ahem I mean Ralph Wolf get off with the sheep that he's watching. Despite the name snafu off the first Sam Sheepdog and ralph cartoon, it's still hilarious and a great short that can be watched multiple times yet still return the same amount of chuckles that it had the first time you ever saw it. The funny thing even with how funny this short is this isn't even the best of the seven Sam/Ralph cartoons. Truly a great concept. But then again I might be a tad biased as I love Wile E. Coyote. This hilarious cartoon is on Disk 3 of the "Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 1"

My Grade: A

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