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When I first saw this cartoon years ago, I was convinced that Ralph had to be Wile E. Coyote with red paint on his nose. After all, Ralph follows Wile E.'s moves to a T, from ordering products from the ACME company (the bedsprings on the feet), to falling off the cliff (complete with the bird's eye view that we've all grown to love on the Wile E./Road Runner cartoons), and even holding up the little umbrella when he's almost flattened by a boulder. Even now that I'm older and know the difference between the two cartoon characters, I watch this cartoon and I still feel a strong Wile E. Coyote sense to it (watch any of the Road Runner cartoons directed by Chuck Jones and you'll understand what I mean). I don't know if it's because of that feeling or not, but this is one of my favorites, hands down. When Ralph starts seeing Sam all over the place is a classic running gag that I love watching, no matter how many times it gets copied. I recommend this cartoon to any avid fan, no doubt about it.
This is another short featuring Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf, one of Chuck Jones's more interesting short series. I personally prefer these (slightly) to Marvin the Martian and the Tasmanian Devil. In this particular one, there's a beautiful running gag and the ending is marvelous! My heart goes out to poor, who really needs to take a vacation! Glad to see it's in print. Most recommended.
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Creator Chuck Jones once described Ralph Wolf as "Wile E Coyote in another role" -- and this must have been the episode he was thinking of when he wrote that. Ralph is very Wile E-like in this episode, holding up a tiny umbrella as he's about to be flattened by a flying boulder, and his patented cliff dive, complete with shotgun sound-effect when he hits. There's also the stick of dynamite that he tries to catapult at Sam Sheepdog but it simply rolls down the plank to Ralph's feet before detonating. But the end sequence is the best part of this cartoon. Sam always seems to have the ability to magically appear wherever Ralph is -- and in "Ready Woolen and Able" we see how -- apparently Sam owns a cloning device that makes endless copies of him -- enough to make poor Ralph finally blow his stack and be carried away in a padded wagon. A very funny ending to a hilarious cartoon.
In one of several cartoons featuring Ralph Wolf (who looks exactly like
Wile E. Coyote except for a red nose) and his co-worker Sam Sheepdog,
the former devises all sorts of plans to steal sheep but the latter
always foils him. Now that I'm old enough to think about this, I find
it neat how they at first look like best friends - even greeting each
other as they punch the time cards - but spend the rest of the cartoon
as staunch rivals. Whatever you can think of that happens to Wile E.
Coyote also happens to Ralph Wolf. And I sure couldn't have predicted
that whole end gag! Anyway, you're sure to love "Ready, Woolen and
Able"; you'll be ready, willing and able to watch it.
A rickety old car and a fancy sports car. What a way to trick people...
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