Boy Meets Dog

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Boy Meets Dog
Title card for Boy Meets Dog
Directed by Walter Lantz
Produced by Walter Lantz
Written by Gene Byrnes (comic strip)
Victor McLeod (story)
Starring Billy Bletcher
Music by Frank Churchill
Distributed by Universal Pictures (Original)
Castle Films (Home Release)
Release date
Running time
9 min.
Language English

Boy Meets Dog is an American animated commercial short made in 1938 for Ipana Toothpaste. It was produced by Walter Lantz as a Technicolor cartoon for theatrical release by Universal Pictures. However, it did not see theatrical release, but Castle Films purchased it, and released it to the home movie market.


A boy, Bobby, gets a lesson in school about how to properly massage his gums to take care of his teeth. After class is dismissed, Bobby is offered by his friends in to an ice cream shop to have a sundae and go fishing. Bobby declines, saying, "My father won't let me." On the way home, Bobby finds a beagle and takes him home. They sneak into the house where Bobby cleans him up in order to convince his father to keep him. However, Bobby's father scares the dog away and the dog hides in the house. He then sends Bobby to bed without supper for disobeying him. Muttering about his son, he steps on a rollerskate and falls down the stairs. He walks back upstairs to Bobby's room to punish him, but Bobby is not there and he begins looking for him. The gnomes and elves on the wallpaper in Bobby's room come alive and knock Bobby's father unconscious and take him into the forest scene in the wallpaper.

He wakes up in a stock before a judge and jury, where he learns that he is charged with being "cold and morose " The beagle appears in the scene and gives a testimony that the father "hit him, and then he kicked him." The jury finds that he "has no sensitivity for others" because he abuses his attorney , and is unwilling "" despite the fact that he attended college, and so finds him guilty. The judge then reveals himself to be Bobby, and he sentences his father to the "youth machine," which turns him into a baby. Bobby's father wakes up from the beagle licking his face. He sees the Ipana toothpaste sign that concludes that Bobby is smart and begins acting kinder to him. Bobby, his father, and his friends all go out for sundaes and go fishing in the river.


  • The part where the three lawyer gnomes sing about how the father is a "morose giant" would later on be used in (If not inspiring) Tech N9ne's song "He's a mental Giant" in his album All 6's and 7's.
  • Also, the part where gnomes sing about how the father is "child like in his dental knowledge" would later on be used in the ending of Carpenter Brut's song "Escape from Midwich Valley" in his album EP I.
  • It was originally a commercial for "Ipana Toothpaste" but the scene of the toothpaste ad after Bobby's father wakes up was removed.

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