351. Steal Wool – Chuck Jones


SUMMARY: Ralph Wolf once again tries to remove Sam the Sheepdog from his post defending the flock.

WHY IT’S HERE: The fourth in Chuck Jones’ series of Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf cartoons, ‘Steal Wool’ sees the format for the series fully established, with the Road Runner-style spot-gags being bracketed by the famous sequences in which the two characters clock in at the beginning and end of the day. This couches the whole cartoon in different terms and contrasts the usual character and visual comedy with a satirical comment on the working man. At the end of the cartoon, a beaten and bruised Ralph stumbles home with his off-duty friend Sam, who offers to fill in for him the following day and cover both roles. One can only imagine the cartoon that would have resulted if Jones had followed up on this concept!


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