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Directed By: Frank Tashlin (uncredited)
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: April 7, 1945
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Melvin Millar
Animation: I. Ellis
Richard Bickenbach (uncredited)
Cal Dalton (uncredited)
Arthur Davis (uncredited)
Layouts:
Backgrounds:
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Sara Berner (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Fido
Two Other Dogs
Mistress
Preceded By: Life with Feathers
Succeeded By: Hare Trigger
Behind The Meatball (Dubbed Version)07:18

Behind The Meatball (Dubbed Version)

Behind the Meat-Ball is a 1945 Looney Tunes cartoon. It was directed by Frank Tashlin and the last Looney Tunes in the a.a.p. package to have WB come before the WARNER BROS. PICTURES INC., Present, the production code, and the copyright.

Plot

It follows the lengths Fido will go to get real meat to eat after having an unsatisfactory vegetarian diet given to him by his mistress. When Fido finally finds a real piece of meat which fell out of a meat truck, he gets in a fight over it with a terrier and a bulldog, whom are also as equally as desperate to get meat as himself. The three dogs fight for the meat, but in the end, the terrier ate the piece of meat. Accepting defeat, Fido says "Well, we can dream, can't we?", knocks himself and the bulldog out with a mallet, and the two dogs continue dreaming over succulent meat as the cartoon ends.

Trivia

  • Last cartoon to have the 1941-45 version of "The Merry-Go Round Broke Down."
  • For reasons unknown Frank Tashlin does not receive onscreen director's credit in the opening credits.
  • One of the dogs is an unnamed bulldog in the style of Spike the Bulldog/Hector/ Butch.
  • The title card shows some meat rationing stamps, like the food rationing stamps that were in use in the US during World War II, when this cartoon was made. The plot point that meat is hard to obtain references the wartime scarcity of food commodities.
  • IMDB lists Sara Berner as providing the voice of Fido's owner, and Mel Blanc as providing the voice of Fido, both uncredited.
  • Bugs Bunny is once mentioned by Fido in this cartoon he describes the vegetarian diet given to him (particularly the carrots) as "Bugs Bunny food".
  • Despite the title mentioning about meatballs, interestingly in the scenes where Fido dreams of meat meatballs are not found among the meats in his dream sequences.

Video

https://archive.org/details/ClassicRareAndCensoredCartoons go down to #103 because there are many cartoons. Most derived from LaserDisc even if they were "dubbed version". Behind the Meat-Ball is in it's laserdisc form.

https://vk.com/video-5286402_156982773 Laserdisc version in English

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4n66jj_behind-the-meatball-1945-dubbed-version_fun 1995 dubbed version

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