The Chow Hound (Looney Tunes)
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Chow Hound is a 1951 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese.
Why It Didn't Forget the Gravy
- The cartoon has a very original premise with a dog using a cat and mouse to obtain food for himself.
- Speaking of which, the cartoon's concept is pretty unique by Looney Tunes standards, as unlike most of the Looney Tunes cartoons of the time which often depicts cats (e.g. Sylvester or Claude Cat) as the antagonists towards their targets such as birds (e.g. Tweety) or mice (e.g. Speedy Gonzales, Hubie and Bertie or Sniffles), and dogs (particularly bulldogs such as Hector the Bulldog or Marc Anthony) serving to discourage their antagonistic behavior, this cartoon instead follows a rather different formula, where in a similar vein to the Tom and Jerry short "Dog Trouble" the dog is depicted as a merciless bully while the cat (along with a mouse) are depicted as it's hapless victims.
- Good use of dark comedy during its time.
- The animation is top-notch as usual.
- Carl Stalling does a well done job putting together the music like he usually does.
- Great voice acting by Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, and especially John T. Smith who gives the dog a very intimidating voice.
- It gave us the quote "What? No gravy?"
- The cartoon gives out two good lessons that if all you want in life is more, you will become corrupted by greed and eventually, pay the price. Alongside the fact that bullying doesn't pay.
- The ending where the cat and mouse force feed the bloated dog gravy may have been very dark, but goes along with the short's message and that the dog at least got what he deserves at the end.
- There was a scene where the mouse was forced to dress as an African native which can be offensive to some viewers.
- The ending, despite being good, is still rather dark.
- The dog is a very unlikable character. Fortunately he gets his comeuppance in the end.
- Disney animator Eric Goldberg stated that this was his most favorite Looney Tunes cartoon.