Sheep Ahoy (1954)
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'Sheep Ahoy' is another jewel in this great series, where the weakest cartoon was still good. It is more of the same plot-wise, with a somewhat typical and familiar set-up, and not quite as creative with the concept as the previous cartoon 'Don't Give Up the Sheep'. The different names are somewhat confusing as well at first. However there is so much good about 'Sheep Ahoy', a cartoon once again filled with gags and laughs that come thick and fast but still paced adeptly.
Animation-wise, 'Sheep Ahoy' is animated beautifully, for a series of cartoons made late in Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies' prolific output the Ralph and Sam cartoons were generally some of the better-looking cartoons from this period, being colourful and inventively detailed with smooth and fluid character designs. The music is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms and fits very well indeed.
Chuck Jones' trademark visual style and humour is all over the cartoon, and has lost none of its imagination or the clever and razor-sharp wit present throughout his career. The sight gags are unmistakably Jones and there is not a misfire among them, all of them are hilarious, unpredictable, inventive and remarkably for so many in a short space of time never feel incomplete. The ending especially is one of the series' cleverest and most riotous.
Both characters are strong and interact brilliantly together, Ralph being the slightly funnier and more interesting of the two. Mel Blanc continues to delight with exuberant vocal characterisations.
In summary, yet another jewel and makes one wonder why this great series of cartoons didn't get more attention than they deserved. 9/10 Bethany Cox