Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog
was a cartoon series featuring the titluar wolf and sheepdog, who are just regular working joes punching a clock—except that Sam's job is a sheepdog guarding a flock of sheep, and Ralph's job is attempting to steal the sheep. Hilarity Ensues
Directed by Chuck Jones
. "Steal Wool" is listed as one of The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes
There was a video game based on it, called "Sheep, Dog 'n' Wolf
- "Don't Give Up the Sheep" (1953) (in which Sam and Ralph's names are reversed)
- "Sheep Ahoy" (1954)(in which Sam and Ralph's names are reversed)
- "Double or Mutton" (1955)
- "Steal Wool" (1957)
- "Ready, Woolen and Able" (1960)
- "A Sheep in the Deep" (1962)
- "Woolen Under Where" (1963) (directed by Phil Monroe and Richard Thompson)
- Taz-Mania: Sam appeared in one episode. Taz was the one trying to steal sheep. Ralph didn't appear.
- Blinding Bangs: Sam Sheepdog has these. He provides the picture on the trope page. Ralph once used a hair tonic to make them even more blinding.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Sam has one.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Ralph and Sam are buddies when they're not on the clock.
- Living with the Villain: Ralph and Sam are neighbors, and get along quite well when they aren't on the job. At the end of "Steal Wool" Sam suggests to a battered Ralph that he should take a couple of days off and let Sam do both jobs.
- By "Woolen Under Where", Ralph and Sam actually are living together.
- Meat-O-Vision: In "Don't Give Up the Sheep" the wolf visualizes the sheep as dinner.
- Mobile Shrubbery: In "Don't Give Up the Sheep", the wolf (here with no name) disguises himself as a bush in an effort to steal the sheep. The sheepdog (here "Ralph") disguises himself as a tree to catch and pound the wolf.
- Punch Clock Hero / Punch Clock Villain: Literally. Ralph and Sam punch a clock, start their hijinks after the whistle goes off to signal the start of their shift, then punch out and go home after the whistle sounds again.
- After a lunch break, they usually resume their hijinks from the point where they stopped at the beginning of lunch break.
- The boulder that was falling on Taz stopped in midair during the lunch break from his episode.
- Rake Take: In "Ready, Woolen, and Able", Sam throws out a rake for Ralph to step on.
- Reed Snorkel: In "Don't Give Up the Sheep", the wolf tries this in order to sneak underwater through a pond to catch the sheep. The sheepdog drops a stick of dynamite into the snorkel.
- Species Surname
- Stock Animal Diet: Ralph Wolf and his sheep.
- You Look Familiar: Ralph Wolf looks just like Wile E. Coyote, except Ralph's nose is red (the Coyote's is brown) and Ralph's eyes are white (the Coyote's are yellow).