Man's best friend is the subject of a series of blackout gags, climaxing with the bogus heroism of a dog who travels across the country for an unexpected purpose.

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Chihuahua / French Poodle / Doberman / Elvis Dog / Victor Barky / Charlie Dog / Cat / St. Bernard / Coach Dog / Laddie / Laddie's Owner (voice)
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This documentary-styled cartoon identifies the various breeds of canine, showing the very human behaviors of the French Poodle, the Doberman "Pincher", the "Elvis" hound-dog, a martini-drinking St. Bernard, and the Mexican "Hairless". Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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26 July 1958 (USA)  »

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References The Phil Silvers Show (1955) See more »

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The Old Folks at Home
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Music by Stephen Foster
[Plays during the hound dog scene]
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Funny Looney Tune, especially now that I understand some of the (dated) humor!
21 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Dog Tales" rates as yet another of my all-time favorite Looney Tunes. However, when I first saw this short on TV in 1972 (I was then 10 years old), I didn't understand some of the references to the TV shows that were popular in 1958 (I was born in 1962).

The two cases in point were the scene with the Doberman pinscher pinching (Dwayne) Doberman (from "Sgt. Bilko") and the scene with the Bassett hound, voiced by an uncredited June Foray, saying "(she) should be (tops in her class because she's) the star on TV" (a reference to Cleo, the Bassett hound on Jackie Cooper's sitcom "The People's Choice"). It wasn't until I first saw the reruns of "Sgt. Bilko" in 1984 and the reruns of "The People's Choice" six years before that I was able to recognize what those references in "Dog Tales" meant.

Cartoon Network's Boomerang channel reran this short recently, and as much as I laughed my brains out (especially thinking about when I saw this when I was younger and used to drive my family crazy by reciting the script), it made me also want to see "Sgt. Bilko" and "The People's Choice" again!

I'll give "Dog Tales" an 8.


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