Debuted in 1933
Plot in 3 Sentences: Pooch the Pup goes to see his girlfriend, but a hungry husky follows him to her house. The husky poses as Santa and offers to take both of them on a sleigh ride but his disguise gets spoiled and they see who he really is. Pooch and his girlfriend fight the husky and the real Santa shows up to save the day.
Fun Fact: Pooch was the first recurring cartoon character from the Walter Lantz studios, preceding Woody Woodpecker (by 8 years) and Chilly Willy (by 20 years).
My thoughts: I was totally unfamiliar with Pooch the Pup before seeing this cartoon, so I thought the bad guy in this short was a wolf. Fortunately, the internet clued me in to the fact that it’s supposed to be a husky. There are some funny gags in this short, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of substance to this character, which makes the whole thing a little flat. He’s pretty interchangeable with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and actually, there are a couple of Oswald shorts that were originally written for Pooch. The basic plot of the short follows the basic plot of lots of shorts from this era – hero woos girl, bad guy tries to steal girl, hero gets the best of bad guy and wins girl in the end. They just threw some snow on the ground and added Santa into the mix to make this a Christmas short. I give this one a solid rating of ‘meh’ as it has no big highs and no big lows.
Individual Superlative: Don’t Eat Your Problems – The cat that’s been plagued by mice comes out at the end with giant belly, presumably full of mice.
Want to Watch it? Merry Dog is available on YouTube.