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Don't Give Up the Sheep (1953)

Approved  |   |  Family, Animation, Short  |  3 January 1953 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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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Followed by Woolen Under Where (1963) See more »

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William Tell Overture
Music by Gioachino Rossini
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One of the most interesting and humorous concepts developed by Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones, in addition to both working with solidly established stars such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck and doing one-shot cartoons like Martian Through Georgia, did some thematic groupings of short using continuing characters in a small number of cartoons. Ralph and Sam, a sheepdog and wolf, were one of these. The series is one of the better ones as far as I'm concerned. The concept of protector versus predator as a 9 to 5 job just amuses me no end. This particular short isn't the best of the lot (there were seven all told and I believe this was the first of them) but all of them are quite fun and are well worth watching. Recommended.


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