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|Merrie Melodies (Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog) series|
Title card from Sheep Ahoy
|Directed by||Charles M. Jones|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer (uncredited)|
|Story by||Michael Maltese|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc|
|Music by||Milt Franklyn|
|Layouts by||Maurice Noble|
|Backgrounds by||Philip DeGuard|
|Studio||Warner Bros. Cartoons|
Warner Bros. Pictures|
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||December 11, 1954|
|Running time||6 minutes and 40 seconds|
|Preceded by||Don't Give Up the Sheep|
|Followed by||Double or Mutton|
Sheep Ahoy is a 1954 American Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and released by Warner Bros. Pictures featuring Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog. Mel Blanc provided for the voices of all the characters in this cartoon, however, like all Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog shorts, this short is mostly composed of visual gags.
That is the second short featuring Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog. The title is a play on the phrase "Ship ahoy!".
This story revolves around Ralph Wolf trying to steal the sheep guarded by Sam Sheepdog. Sam pushes a rock over the ledge, which falls on Ralph's head. Ralph attempts to drop a large boulder on Sam, but a tree branch catches the boulder and propels it upwards again as it crushes Ralph. Ralph's tries to pole vault over Sam, but Sam grabs the pole, lowers it over the edge until Ralph is eye level with Sam, and punches him in the face. Ralph surrounds himself with a cloud of smoke from an Acme smoke bomb. Sam drops a stick of dynamite in his smoke cloud. Ralph stumbles off a cliff. Ralph uses an Acme disguise, an artificial rock but Sam hits the fake rock with a sledge hammer. Ralph breaks apart into a number of pebbles which all move into Ralph's cave. Ralph dives off a cliff while tied to a very large helium balloon and carrying a fishing rod to snag a sheep. He snags his balloon with his fish hook and rips the balloon, sending him flying into the horizon. Ralph tunnels under the field. As he reaches up through the holes, he feels what appears to be four sheep legs strapped to a drum of TNT. Believing this to be a sheep, he pulls it into his tunnel. After the explosion, he places the drum back where it was sitting. Ralph swims through a stream with a pedal-powered submarine to catch a sheep which is taking a drink of water. As he swims, Sam holds a sign in front of his periscope which reads "DETOUR". After following the arrow on the sign, Ralph falls off a waterfall. Ralph tries to propel Sam off his perch by placing a teeter totter under Sam and dropping a rock on it from a large height. Sam is propelled straight upward toward Ralph's cliff, where he grabs Ralph by the neck and begins punching him in the face. The punch clock whistle blows and Ralph and Sam change shifts with their replacements George Wolf and Fred Sheepdog. Their replacements stand in the same position Sam and Ralph were standing in before the whistle blew and Fred begins punching George in the face.
Inconsistency in naming
Like Don't Give Up the Sheep, the names of the characters are inconsistent in this short compared to the rest of the shorts. At the beginning of the short, Sam the sheepdog is coming on duty to replace another sheepdog named Fred. As the two pass, Fred calls Sam "Fred" and Sam calls Fred "Ralph". At the end of the short they reverse the names.
This is also the only episode where Ralph's replacement is shown. Ralph's replacement (who rather resembles Wile E. Coyote) refers to Ralph as "George", and Ralph refers to him as "Sam".
This short is available on the Looney Tunes Collectors Edition: Canine Corps VHS from Columbia House.