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It is an adaptation of a children's book of the same name. Doctor [=DeSoto=] is a mouse dentist. He tends to animals great and small, from other tiny mice like himself, to great big animals like horses; when he has to fix the teeth of a large animal his wife (also his dental assistant) winches him up with a pulley.

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It is an adaptation of a children's book of the same name.name by Creator/WilliamSteig. Doctor [=DeSoto=] is a mouse dentist. He tends to animals great and small, from other tiny mice like himself, to great big animals like horses; when he has to fix the teeth of a large animal his wife (also his dental assistant) winches him up with a pulley.


* AnimatedAdaptation: Of the 1982 children's book of the same name, by William Steig.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: Of the 1982 children's book of the same name, name by William Steig.Creator/WilliamSteig.


Doctor [=DeSoto=] has one firm rule: he doesn't treat dangerous animals. Carnivores, that is. So when a fox comes to the office pleading for help with a terrible toothache, the dentist gives in. Naturally, the fox decides to eat him, which forces Doctor [=DeSoto=] to figure out how to fix the fox's tooth without letting himself and his wife be lunch.

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Doctor [=DeSoto=] has one firm rule: he doesn't treat dangerous animals. Carnivores, that is. So when a fox comes to the office pleading for help with a terrible toothache, the dentist is reluctant, but he gives in. Naturally, the fox decides to eat him, which forces Doctor [=DeSoto=] to figure out how to fix the fox's tooth without letting himself and his wife be lunch.


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* AnimatedAdaptation: Of a children's book.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: Of a the 1982 children's book.book of the same name, by William Steig.



* TheFarmerAndTheViper: Doctor [=DeSoto=] finishes the fox's dental work out of [[ConsummateProfessional professional pride]], knowing that the fox is planning to try to eat them afterwards.



* WineIsClassy: How to show that the fox is a cultured ManOfWealthAndTaste? One way is to have him decide to drink a white wine after eating the [=DeSotos=].

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* SapientEatSapient: Apparently standard procedure, since Doctor [=DeSoto=] advertises that he won't treat cats and other dangerous creatures. The fox certainly doesn't take his gratitude to the Doctor into account when he decides to eat them.
* WineIsClassy: How to show that the fox is a cultured ManOfWealthAndTaste? One way is to have him decide to drink a white wine after eating the [=DeSotos=].[=DeSotos=].
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* FullyDressedAnimal: The fox wears a suit, Mrs. [=DeSoto=] wears a dress, the dentist wears pants and a dentist's smock, etc.
* FurryAnimal: The animals all act like people--a mouse is a dentist, after all. The only "animal" thing about them is that the carnivores still eat other animals, which makes it risky for Doctor [=DeSoto=] to treat the fox.

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* FullyDressedAnimal: FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: The fox wears a suit, Mrs. [=DeSoto=] wears a dress, the dentist wears pants and a dentist's smock, etc.
* FurryAnimal: FunnyAnimal: The animals all act like people--a mouse is a dentist, after all. The only "animal" thing about them is that the carnivores still eat other animals, which makes it risky for Doctor [=DeSoto=] to treat the fox.

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''Doctor [=DeSoto=]'' is a 1984 animated short film directed by Michael Sporn.

It is an adaptation of a children's book of the same name. Doctor [=DeSoto=] is a mouse dentist. He tends to animals great and small, from other tiny mice like himself, to great big animals like horses; when he has to fix the teeth of a large animal his wife (also his dental assistant) winches him up with a pulley.

Doctor [=DeSoto=] has one firm rule: he doesn't treat dangerous animals. Carnivores, that is. So when a fox comes to the office pleading for help with a terrible toothache, the dentist gives in. Naturally, the fox decides to eat him, which forces Doctor [=DeSoto=] to figure out how to fix the fox's tooth without letting himself and his wife be lunch.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: Of a children's book.
* AsideGlance: Doctor and Mrs. [=DeSoto=] look at the camera in triumph after the fox finds that his jaws have been glued together.
* FullyDressedAnimal: The fox wears a suit, Mrs. [=DeSoto=] wears a dress, the dentist wears pants and a dentist's smock, etc.
* FurryAnimal: The animals all act like people--a mouse is a dentist, after all. The only "animal" thing about them is that the carnivores still eat other animals, which makes it risky for Doctor [=DeSoto=] to treat the fox.
* GuileHero: Doctor [=DeSoto=] has to use his wits to escape being eaten by the fox. He tricks the fox into accepting a new treatment to prevent cavities, one that involves a special paste being administered to the fox's teeth... which just happens to glue the fox's jaws shut for 24 hours. The short ends with the mice congratulating themselves for having "outfoxed the fox."
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: The fox wears a suit and top hat, and carries a walking stick. He's quite a cultured villain, deciding to eat the [=DeSotos=] with "a dry white wine".
* {{Narrator}}: A narrator reads from the storybook.
* WineIsClassy: How to show that the fox is a cultured ManOfWealthAndTaste? One way is to have him decide to drink a white wine after eating the [=DeSotos=].

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