Little Orphan Airedale

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Little Orphan Airedale
Looney Tunes (Reissued as Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies) series
Blue Ribbon title card
Directed by Charles M. Jones
Produced by Edward Selzer (uncredited)
Story by Michael Maltese
Tedd Pierce
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Lloyd Vaughan
Ben Washam
Ken Harris
Phil Monroe
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) October 4, 1947 (1947-10-04)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes
Language English
Preceded by Porky's Pooch
Followed by Awful Orphan

Little Orphan Airedale is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Charles M. Jones and released on October 4, 1947. It was later reissued as a Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies short. Its major significance is its status as the debut of Jones's character Charlie Dog. The title is a play on Little Orphan Annie.


The cartoon's story (which is essentially a re-working of Bob Clampett's 1941 short Porky's Pooch) is about a dog named Rags McMutt, who has just escaped from the dog pound and accidentally meets Charlie, an old friend of his, in a car that he used as a hiding place. Charlie tells Rags about the troubles he has had in finding a new master (Porky Pig), and keeping him after that. In the end of the film, Porky throws both dogs out of his car and tells them he does not want a dog. When Rags sees how Charlie begs Porky to keep him as a pet, he decides to go back to the pound (even though he has a hard time getting back in).

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