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Behind the Meat-Ball (1945)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Short | 7 April 1945 (USA)
A dog, starved for meat, goes to different lengths to get a steak back from a little dog that keeps out-smarting him.

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A dog, starved for meat, goes to different lengths to get a steak back from a little dog that keeps out-smarting him.

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Dog: [to the bulldog] Now wait a minute let me explain the setup, this is my steak and a little dog that I never saw before mind you, came along and took it so I chased after him and just recovered it and I'm sure that you'll appreciate my position in the-
[Bulldog punches him]
Dog: [Dazed] Just let me explain - , let me explain - , just let me explain - , let me explain.
[Collapses]
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Featured in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) See more »

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Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)
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Music by J.R. Shannon
Played at the beginning when the dog is dreaming of meat
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Three Dogs and A Steak
22 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

Director Frank Tashlin left the Schlesinger studio a third and final time in the fall of 1944. This title was the first of four (in release order) in which he is uncredited.

The premise reflects the meat shortage that happened during WWII on account of rationing; Thus meat was a very valuable commodity. Three dogs fight each other over a steak that fell off a butcher van. Tashlin uses his zany and elastic sensibility in illustrating the conflict. This short isn't really discussed very much in the context of Tashlin's best work for some reason.

An interesting side note, in the Twilight Zone movie, this short is one of the cartoons that the psychic boy watches. A snippet of soundtrack (the pop tune "How Many Hearts Have You Broken With Those Great Big Beautiful Eyes) is strangely played during a scary sequence. I've always associated this cartoon with that segment and it leaves chills down my spine whenever I watch this short.

Strangely, I never came across this short in the 2000's on Cartoon Network or Boomerang. Even though it's a wartime short, there's nothing controversial nor terribly dated that would make it unenjoyable for modern audiences.

This short will leave the viewer with a hankering for a steak.


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