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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.

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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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Ude efter lammesteg  »

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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 »

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Frühlingslied (Spring Song)
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19 April 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Don't Give Up the Sheep (1953)

**** (out of 4)

Sam Sheepdog (named Ralph in this film) clocks into work and right away Wile E. Coyote (not the name used here) is trying to steal the sheep. Sam has to stay wide awake because Wile has a lot of stuff up his sleeve. This is an excellent cartoon full of great laughs and violent action. Even though he isn't address as Wile, it's clear who the character is suppose to be and I must admit that I think his character here is a lot better than any of the match ups against the Road Runner. Don't get me wrong, I do love the Road Runner series but for my money this film is flawless. The running gag of sawing through the tree is priceless as are the many attempts to steal the sheep. The coyote also takes a pretty big beating throughout the film, which is always fun to watch.


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