Harry, a mild-mannered man, brings home a shaggy dog he has named Robert. Harry's wife, Alice, disapproves because they already have a dog named Chang, a tiny Pekinese Thoroughbred. Harry ... See full summary »

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Harry, a mild-mannered man, brings home a shaggy dog he has named Robert. Harry's wife, Alice, disapproves because they already have a dog named Chang, a tiny Pekinese Thoroughbred. Harry tries to prove to Alice that Robert, the dog he brought home, is also some sort or Thoroughbred. But all Robert seems to do is make a nuisance of himself as he goofily practices all the abilities of various breeds. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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14 April 1956 (USA)  »

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Featured in The Bugs Bunny Show: What's Up Dog? (1962) See more »

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Indeterminate Breed.
12 August 2017 | by (Hialeah, Florida) – See all my reviews

Speaking of the previous reviewer of this who complained about another Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies short not featuring any of the regular characters, I would'd thought that reviewer would'd been among those who wouldn't had made a thing of or have any beef with that at all. Since I know of some who complained about certain shorts starring the regulars (probably most notably the Tweety/Sylvester and Wile E. Coyote/Roadrunner cartoons) being too formulaic. I like the shorts with the regulars, but I like the one-shot cartoons in the LT/MM series as well and don't mind those. In fact, I just might like those even more. At least they're more varied and a breath of fresh air from the more commonly recurring characters. Variety like this is a great, nice thing to have. I find them welcome breaks from what can be considered the more norm.

Anyway, concerning this short. Despite a man named Harry and his wife, Alice, already owning a dog, a Pekinese named Chang, he brings home a second dog named Robert. The exact breed of Robert is a mystery, he has an uncertain pedigree whether he's purebred, half-bred or thoroughbred. Another unusual thing about Robert is he doesn't take long to become full-grown not long after being purchased. When Robert and Chang are at odds with each other, Alice tells Harry as an ultimatum that Robert has to go, unless he's a thoroughbred and it's proved as so. When Harry looks through a book about different dog breeds, part of the humor in this revolves around Robert giving Harry different, literal demonstrations of four dogs' namesakes, which are Boxer, Doberman Pinscher, Irish Setter, and Sheepdog, mostly while Harry is distracted on the phone. Robert's particular breed is still unknown, but there's an ironic twist towards the end that I won't reveal.

As for the technicalities of the short, the animation is fluid enough, I like the different art style, the music is nice, the colors are moderate. Everything else about this is great. Another interesting short separated from the typical fare. Recommended.


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