To Itch His Own (1958)

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Mighty Angelo the Flea takes a vacation on a dog in the country. The muscular insect becomes the little mutt's protector when he is bullied by Butcher the bulldog.



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Butcher / Dogcatcher / TV Actor / Bulldog (voice) (uncredited)


Mighty Angelo is billed as "The World's Strongest Flea" by the urban circus at which he performs. Angelo decides to take a vacation on some quiet, country dog and hops into the fur of a shaggy pooch sleeping on a suburban estate. When a belligerent bulldog disturbs the pooch's- and Angelo's- sleep, Angelo decides to fight the bulldog. The bulldog is befuddled by the unseen powerhouse that drops bricks on his head, pulls him through a knothole in a fence, and whacks him on his head and backside with a mallet. Written by Kevin McCorry <>

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Release Date:

28 June 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maailman vahvin kirppu  »

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1.37 : 1
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This was the last Warner Brothers short scored by Carl W. Stalling before his retirement. See more »


[first lines]
Dogcatcher: Ouch! Why you - !
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Featured in The Shining (1980) See more »


aka "Cradle Song"
Music by Johannes Brahms
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Carl Stalling departs
28 June 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"To Itch His Own" is not like anything that I've ever seen. For the first few minutes, it's sort of unclear what's happening, as Angelo the world's strongest flea decides to take a vacation from the circus (I guess that he "fleas" the circus). But once he settles in on a certain dog and another dog invades the scene, it all takes off.

Was this cartoon a masterpiece? I wouldn't go so far as to say that. But pretty much anything that Chuck Jones created was quite fascinating. This cartoon contains no dialog, unless of course you count yelps of pain. Worth seeing, and a worthy final effort for composer Carl Stalling, who retired after this one.

I wonder why strongmen always have to have names ending in O.

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