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Odd combination -interesting but odd
8 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This little fable is an odd hodgepodge which does odd things with kids sympathies. The little black sheep is obnoxious until his brothers are threatened then he is clever and brave. The rebel in society often proves its best guardian. The dog is a poor guardian who does not even try to save the black sheep and has his best moment spanking the little brat. Even this doesn't scare the little asbergers case straight. He only wails until he thinks of more mischief then its off to be a pill again. It apparently should have been harder. Mighty Mouses battle at the end is almost a different cartoon. The little black one almost causes his own decapitation. The message obey and learn from chastisements is not new but its nice to know wolves are evil and the black sheep is just as white as Mighty Mouse on the inside. The Mighty one joining a battle between the sheep and wolves would have taught loyalty even to a twerp of a black sheep brother and would have avoided the near sacrilegious and almost racist prayer to Mighty Mouse. Final thoughts: can't the wolf ever be shown as just being true to his own nature in these things? Best moment; the deserved spanking of a crummy cartoon kid - bet kids cheered as his little brothers would have if he had gotten it the first time. Also a Terry Toon classic bit of inconsistency is the 5th white sheep who comes and goes from the scenes at random. The little one on the block imagining another paddling from Mighty Mouse might have been a good bit of conscience in action. Interesting cartoon because of its uneven nature and its and slap dash construction which makes one think how it could have been better.PS wolves are maternal predators and are quite beautiful. The little sheep all thankfully lose their looks of vacant stupidity as adversity strikes. Innocence is not always a virtue as opposed to wisdom.


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