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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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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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Referenced in Veronica Mars: Donut Run (2006) See more »

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Frühlingslied (Spring Song)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Outstanding - Lots Of Laughs
5 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The sheep dogs are going and coming to work, mainly Sam Sheepdog (named "Ralph" here) and his partner, Fred, who has the other shift that we don't see. They punch a time clock on a tree. Ralph also has his lunch box and sandwich: two slices of bread with a bone in the middle.

Meanwhile, Wile E. Coyote (not named that, but that's who we know him as) lurks nearby seeing nice juicy slabs of meat every time he looks at a sheep.

The story is basically about the dog protecting the sheep from the wolf. The funny bits come from the lengths the wolf goes to, to get his meal for the day, and how he's constantly thwarted. In fact, some of these scenes are hilarious and very clever.

All of these things make this an outstanding animated short, one of the best of its time.


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