Dog Pounded
Directed byI. Freleng
Story byWarren Foster[1]
Produced byEdward Selzer
StarringMel Blanc
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byManuel Perez
Ken Champin
Virgil Ross
Arthur Davis
Layouts byHawley Pratt
Backgrounds byIrv Wyner
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • January 2, 1954 (1954-01-02)
Running time
6:38
LanguageEnglish

Dog Pounded is a 1954 (© 1953) Warner Bros. Looney Tunes animated cartoon short directed by Friz Freleng.[2] The short was released on January 2, 1954, and stars Tweety and Sylvester.[3] 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

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 and driven from the pound 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:

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 tries to break free from Pepé's grasp, Tweety looks on and comments, "That puddy tat has turned into an awful stinker!" Pepé's high-pitched kissing sounds are heard just before the "That's all, Folks!" title card appears.

Reception

Animation writer Earl Kress writes, "By 1954 Tweety cartoons had become, if not exactly predictable, then at least formulaic. However, Dog Pounded is a very clever twist on the Tweety-Sylvester-Granny-Hector quadrangle."[4]

References

  1. ^ Beck, Jerry (1991). I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat: Fifty Years of Sylvester and Tweety. New York: Henry Holt and Co. p. 120. ISBN 0-8050-1644-9.
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 256. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  3. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 151–152. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  4. ^ Beck, Jerry, ed. (2020). The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons. Insight Editions. p. 49. ISBN 978-1-64722-137-9.