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All about Sam Sheepdog!

Good Night, Ralph.

“Mornin’ Ralph”

Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny

Who is Sam Sheepdog? The most famous of sheep-guarding dogs, Sam is usually blind to his surroundings except when he interferes with Ralph Wolf who tries to steal one of Sam’s flock. His stories are captured in Ready Woolen and Able, Double or Mutton, Stray Wool, Sheep in the Deep, Sheep Ahoy, Don’t Give up the Sheep and Woolen Under Where.

Character Details for Sam Sheepdog

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Species: Dog
Gender: Male
Debut: 1945
Created by: Chuck Jones
Appears in:
Catch Phrases:
  • Good Night, Ralph.
  • Mornin’ Ralph.
Portrayed by: Mel Blanc (1953-1963) Jim Cummings (Taz-Mania) Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes World of Mayhem) Fred Tatasciore (2020-present)
Personality Big and slow, but vigilant and ready with a counter for enemies eying his flock. He very rarely runs and tends to be sedentary in his movements. He does, however, possess sufficient strength to incapacitate Ralph with a single punch once he catches him.


Notes from Chuck’s Diary…

In pitting Ralph Wolf against Sam Sheepdog, I was trying to discover if I could do the opposite of the chase at the heart of the Road Runner cartoons. The Road Runner is moving all the time, and at a great speed. I therefore wanted the wolf’s opponent not to move at all. And that is exactly what happens–or doesn’t. Sam just sits very solidly on the ground. He doesn’t move: he is there.

The sheepdog is always aware of Ralph’s every move, but I don’t know how he sees through that curtain of hair. I could have drawn long hair only over his nose, but I felt that his hair should be long everywhere. Even his feet are hairy, and when he sits down, I put a little fringe of hair where his bottom meets the ground.

The story of Ralph and Sam comes down to Lewis Brown’s idea that there are no judges, only people judging, no tramps, only people tramping, and so on. What does a judge do when he gets home at night? He is probably treated with the same disrespect as any other husband and father. When my daughter, Linda, was a little girl, she had real trouble convincing the other kids in the the theater that her father had drawn the Bugs Bunny cartoon they were watching. They simply didn’t believe her. On one occasion when she saw my name on the screen, she pointed to it and exclaimed, “That’s my father.” The child next to her said, “Yeah, sure, and my father’s Clark Gable.” Linda does not know to this day whether he was or not.

Images From Chuck Jones Sketch Pad…

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Sam Sheepdog Merchandise

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Sam Sheepdog Episode Image Gallery

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