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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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3 January 1953 (USA)  »

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Ude efter lammesteg  »

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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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Followed by Sheep Ahoy (1954) See more »

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Frühlingslied (Spring Song)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Quite good, though I didn't think they needed to reprise this one.
2 June 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Don't Give Up the Sheep" is the first of several cartoons involving a faithful sheepdog continually outsmarting Wiley Coyote (though the IMDb summary says he's a wolf). In many ways, it's just a slight variation on the Roadrunner cartoons--but this time the coyote's quarry actually fights back physically. It's all clever but only slightly innovative. In fact, while I did enjoy this cartoon, I don't think it called for repeated follow-up cartoons in the series.

As far as the technical aspects go, the backgrounds for this one are VERY simple--and awfully ugly by Warner Brothers standards. It looks like they were imitating the UPA type of graphics here--which some love and which I hate because they just are too simple and represent (to me) a major step backwards in cartoon quality.


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