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Animation / A Kitten Named Woof

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Soviet series of five animated shorts about a Siamese kitten named Woof made from 1976 to 1982.

All five shorts are available on Youtube with english subtitles:

A Kitten Named Woof provides examples of:

  • Broken Record: During the meatball segment, the street cat could only say "Meatball!" in the original Russian dub, variants of "GIMMIE DAT MEATBALL! I WANT DAT MEATBALL!" in the English dub.
  • Cynical Mentor: Old seasoned street cat tries to teach Woof "proper cat ways".
  • Finagle's Law: The meatball segment has the puppy asking Woof to guard his meatball, telling him not to let anyone run off with it. Sure enough, the street cat comes in afterward to try and take it from him.
  • From Stray to Pet: The series finale reveals that the house all the animals live in has likely been abandoned. Woof and his puppy friend go into the city to find new owners, and in the end are adopted by two children who live across from one another.
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  • Innocent Blue Eyes: The most notable spot of color on Woof are his large baby-blue eyes.
  • Jerkass Ball: In most segments, the street cat is a Cynical Mentor that's only looking out for Woof's best interests. He abandons this in the infamous meatball segment, where he tries to steal a meatball from Woof for no reason other than to satiate his own gluttony.
  • Leitmotif: The street cat has a whimsical melody following every of his moves, but pausing whenever he talks.
  • Morton's Fork: Woof protects the meatball from the street cat by eating it himself. Even though Woof enjoyed it, the poor puppy never got to have his meatball back.
  • Punchline: The meatball segment in the original Russian dub ends with Woof revealing that he ate it, followed by the puppy's immediate reaction. Unfortunately averted in the English dub, where Woof announces it in the climax of the segment.
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  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Woof. His puppy friend counts too.
  • Unfortunate Names: Woof. The street cat tries to convince Woof that it isn't a name fitting for a kitten, but Woof still likes it.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The street cat and meatballs, so much that he picks up the Jerkass Ball for them.
  • Who's on First?: From Woof's very introduction, he's asking the barking puppy why he's calling out his name.

Alternative Title(s): Kitten Named Woof