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Double or Mutton (1955)

Approved | | Family, Animation, Short | 23 July 1955 (USA)
Ralph Wolf wants to steal sheep; Sam Sheepdog wants to stop him. Ralph's tricks include digging a tunnel, walking a tightrope, launching a guided missile, dressing as Little Bo Peep, shooting a cannon and growing Sam's hair.

Director:

Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Ralph Wolf / Sam Sheepdog (voice)
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Storyline

After they punch in for work, Ralph Wolf tries to steal Sam Sheepdog's flock of sheep using, among other methods, a highwire, a helicopter and a Bo Peep disguise. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wolf im Schafspelz See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Followed by A Sheep in the Deep (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Mary Had a Little Lamb
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Traditional
[Plays over the title cards.]
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Even on the third cartoon, this series has far from lost steam
16 September 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Ralph Wolf and Sam the Sheepdog series was short-lived and overlooked, and unjustly so. It was a very good, and at its best brilliant, series of cartoons, and some of the best of Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies later output.

Even the weakest of their cartoons, for me their last cartoon, is still solid, and of the short-lived series in the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies output featuring less famous and less iconic characters the Ralph vs. Sam series is a contender for the best and most consistent. 'Double or Mutton' is another treasure in a rare case of a series of cartoons where none of the cartoons are bad.

It is more-of-the-same somewhat plot-wise, but that doesn't really matter because the Ralph vs. Sam cartoons featured one of Chuck Jones' best and most creative concepts, seen at its best in 'Don't Give Up the Sheep', but similarly nailed to just as great effect here in 'Double or Mutton'. There is so much good about 'Double or Mutton', a cartoon once again filled with gags and laughs that come thick and fast but still paced adeptly and never in a way that feels repetitive.

Animation-wise, 'Double or Mutton' is animated beautifully, for a series of cartoons made late in Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies' prolific output the Ralph and Sam cartoons were generally some of the better-looking cartoons from this period, being colourful and inventively detailed with smooth and fluid character designs. The music is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms and fits very well indeed.

Jones' trademark visual style and humour is all over the cartoon, and has lost none of its imagination or the clever and razor-sharp wit present throughout his career. The sight gags are unmistakably Jones and there is not a misfire among them, all of them are hilarious, unpredictable, inventive and remarkably for so many in a short space of time never feel incomplete. The Little Bo Peep gag is not a new gag, but 'Double or Mutton' sees one of the most inventive and riotously funny uses of it.

Both characters are strong and interact brilliantly together, Ralph being the slightly funnier and more interesting of the two with his facial expressions also providing some of the cartoon's funniest moments, but Sam is not an inferior by any stretch of the imagination. Mel Blanc continues to delight with exuberant vocal characterisations.

In conclusion, another treasure in a great series of cartoons worthy of far more attention than it gets. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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