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The Sheepish Wolf
The Sheepish Wolf
Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: October 17, 1942
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Melvin Millar
Animation: Ken Champin
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Sheepdog
Black Sheep
Preceded By: The Hep Cat
Succeeded By: The Daffy Duckaroo
LOONEY TUNES (Looney Toons)- The Sheepish Wolf (1942) (Remastered) (HD 1080p)07:26

LOONEY TUNES (Looney Toons)- The Sheepish Wolf (1942) (Remastered) (HD 1080p)

The Sheepish Wolf is a 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng.


A flock of sheep is being watched by a dopey sheepdog. A pompous wolf has his eye on the flock too.

His first scheme is to disguise himself as a sheep. He is thwarted by the sheepdog, who thinking the wolf is a sheep, sends him into the flock. A black sheep with a "Rochester" voice warns the sheepdog, who tries to discern the wolf. To lure out the wolf, he uses a wolf mating call horn, which has the wolf romancing the sheepdog, until he realises what he is doing.

The wolf flees to a cottage and disguises himself as Red Riding Hood's grandma. The sheepdog sees this, and disguises himself as Red Riding Hood. The sheepdog is distracted by the wolf's flattery, and the wolf sneaks away. After a scuffle and a chase through a hayfield, in which the sheepdog gets taken into a haybaling machine, the sheepdog catches the wolf and proudly boasts "Look, fellas, the wolf is sheep's clothing! I caught'em, look! I caught'em!" to the rest of the flock, who remove their disguises to reveal themselves to all be wolves as well ("Well how do you like that?").


The version of this cartoon airing on Cartoon Network and its sister channel Boomerang in the United States is missing the part where the black sheep with a Rochester voice warning the sheepdog about a wolf in sheep's clothing.


This cartoon inspired animation director Chuck Jones to create Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog in 1953.


This cartoon lapsed into the public domain in 1971 due to United Artists, owner of the pre-1948 Looney Tunes cartoon library at the time (a.a.p.'s successor), failed to renew its copyright in time. As the result, it is widely available on numerous unauthorized public domain tapes and DVDs, and even internet streamings.

The cartoon was released on Disc 3 of The Golden Age of Looney Tunes Volume 4 laserdisc release in 1994. As of 2014, this short in not available on authorized DVDs.

Public Domain Goofs

The low pitch cartoon public domain version has a random THE END from another unrelated cartoon replacing the closing rings. Also in that same print a frozen shot of the Blue Ribbon title card of the cartoon replaces the opening rings.


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