Little Orphan Airedale (1947)

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The Looney Tunes animated short Little Orphan Airedale, directed by Chuck Jones, begins with a daring nighttime prison break. Or perhaps the term "pound break" might be more precise, since the fugitive is a dog by the name of Rags McMutt. Rags takes refuge from the City Pound's dog-catchers in a nearby car, where he encounters a former acquaintance, fellow dog Charlie. Charlie offers his old pal a bit of advice: to live the good life, find a master to take care of you. Charlie then proceeds to relate how he suckered an unsuspecting fool, name of Porky Pig, into adopting him. Most of the cartoon tells this story, with the jokes centering around the conflict between Porky's reluctance and aggravation, and Charlie's ruthless persistence. The sarcastic, wiseacre dog uses every scheme in the book to weasel his way into Porky's good graces, from the doe-eyed cute routine, to throwing highly emotional, melodramatic scenes; he even briefly cons Porky into taking him in by pretending to be pregnant. This short was the first of several by Jones to feature Charlie the Dog, almost all of which involved the dog harassing a potential owner.

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dog, escape, pig