Dog Pounded

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Dog Pounded
Looney Tunes (Tweety) series
Directed by I. Freleng
Produced by Edward Selzer
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Manuel Perez
Ken Champin
Virgil Ross
Arthur Davis
Layouts by Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds by Irv Wyner
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) January 2, 1954
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 mins
Language English

Dog Pounded is a Looney Tunes (reissued as Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies in 1961) animated cartoon short starring Tweety and Sylvester. Released January 2, 1954, the cartoon is directed by Friz Freleng and written by Warren Foster.[1] The voices were performed by Mel Blanc. The title is a play on the phrase dog pound.

Similar in concept to Ain't She Tweet, this cartoon features Sylvester in pursuit of catching Tweety, with a gang of bulldogs (including Hector) as the obstacles. Dog Pounded also marks the only use of Pepé Le Pew in a Friz Freleng-directed short (and the second time Pepé Le Pew has appeared in a cartoon that was not directed by Chuck Jones or a member from Chuck Jones' unit—the first being Arthur Davis' Odor of the Day).

Plot[edit]

A destitute Sylvester rummages through trash in search of food. Nearly out of luck, the cat hears singing coming from atop a tall tree inside an enclosure, looks up and sees Tweety. Sylvester, eager for his supper, rushes inside the enclosure ... unaware that the enclosure is the city dog pound. Sylvester gets attacked by an army of bulldogs, whose purpose in life seemingly is to protect Tweety from predators.

Wanting to get by the dogs, Sylvester employs the following tricks, all of them ending in failure:

  • Holding an umbrella for balance, the cat walks across a guide wire connecting a light pole and the tree. The dogs collectively blow a gust of doggie breath at their foe, causing Sylvester to lose his balance and fall into the waiting horde of dogs.
  • Digging a tunnel beneath the dog pound, to get at the tree unnoticed and snatch Tweety. The dogs, already having anticipated this latest scheme, have dug their own tunnel and wait for Sylvester to break through to their side. Once he's all the way out of the tunnel, he closes it up and forces the dogs back in.
  • A dog suit. The dogs startle their new "companion", causing the head to come loose, and Sylvester quickly tries to secure it before the dogs notice. However, either having already noticed or never being fooled from the start, the dogs reject Sylvester (as a fake dog) and force him to flee. The cat temporarily gets away, but the city dog catcher quickly returns him to his "home" (and a further beating).
  • Sylvester tries to climb over the fence, but the fence knocks him to the ground as a dog comes on the outside. The dog goes back in, flipping the fence frame back and revealing Sylvester having been clobbered.
  • Mass hypnotism, which momentarily evens the odds; by staring at the dogs, Sylvester is able to freeze and paralyze the dogs in place. Sylvester easily grabs Tweety, who panics and helplessly yells to his protectors to rescue him. When Sylvester blurts out the secret to un-freezing the dogs (a police whistle), Tweety instantly provides one and begins to blow ... except Sylvester quickly sees that coming and places a glass over Tweety. But Tweety fights back by poking Sylvester's palm with a needle ... and breaking the dogs out of their trance.
  • Entering an empty dog pound, Sylvester tries climbing the tree ... only to discover the dogs waiting on the branches.
  • Blasting himself off in a rocket. The rocket shoots without him and he is shown furless.
  • A swing, which Sylvester hopes will allow him to swing harmlessly above the dogs to the tree. However, the swing's reach is too low, and the dogs are able to get at Sylvester ... who never returns to the outside.

The final attempt nearly works: Painting a phony skunk stripe down his back to scare the dogs away. This plan proves to work too well: just as he grabs Tweety and makes his getaway, he is intercepted by Pepé Le Pew who mistakes Sylvester for a female skunk and tries to make love to him. While Sylvester was trying to break free from Pepé's grasp, Tweety looks on and comments, "That puddy tat has turned into an awful stinker!" A high-pitched kissing sound is heard just before the "That's all, Folks!" title card appears.

References[edit]

  • Friedwald, Will and Jerry Beck. "The Warner Brothers Cartoons." Scarecrow Press Inc., Metuchen, N.J., 1981. ISBN 0-8108-1396-3.
  1. ^ "Dog Pounded". BCDB. 2012-12-16. 

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