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Scientific name  Canis lupus familiaris
Height  16 – 86 cm (At Shoulder)
Rank  Subspecies
Language  English
Director  I. Freleng
Gestation period  63 d
Daily sleep  10 h
Release date  January 2, 1954
Lifespan  13 y (dying of natural causes, UK population)
Breeds  Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier, Bulldog

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


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Similar in concept to Aint 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 Pepe Le Pew in a Friz Freleng-directed short (and the second time Pepe 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).

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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.

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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.
  • 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 Sylvesters 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 swings 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 Pepe Le Pew who mistakes Sylvester for a female skunk and tries to make love to him. Tweety looks on and comments, "That puddy tat has turned into an awful stinker!" A high-pitched kissing sound is heard just before the "Thats all, Folks!" title card appears.


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