Lovesick (1937 film)
|Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series|
|Directed by||Walter Lantz|
|Produced by||Walter Lantz|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Color process||Black and white|
|Preceded by||The Playful Pup|
|Followed by||The Keeper of the Lions|
Lovesick is a cartoon produced by Walter Lantz Productions. It features the later, post-1935 white-furred version of Oswald, together with his dog Doxie the dachshund.
Oswald comes out of his house carrying a bowl filled with bones and offers them to his long-bodied dog named Doxie. Doxie was digging a hole in the yard but immediately dashes toward the bowl upon being called.
While he is enjoying his bone meal, Doxie sees a girl poodle walk by from next door. Amazed by her glamour, Doxie is obliged to establish a romantic relationship. As he enters the yard of the other house and drops by the poodle's cabin, Doxie presents a bone which he spared from his meal. Not surprisingly, Doxie's gift is not accepted and the poodle isn't interested in meeting him. Refusing to back down, Doxie goes on to dig up all the bones in the area, including a dinosaur skeleton. After gathering up every single piece, the in-loved dog attempts to offer them to his love interest. Nevertheless, the poodle's reaction is the same.
Desperate to win the poodle's affections, Doxie pretends to leave as he hides behind her cabin. As the girl dog comes out checking the outside, Doxie gives her a surprise kiss. Annoyed rather than flattered, the poodle starts barking. Suddenly, her mistress sees what is happening and runs outside to drive Doxie away, attempting to beat him with a hoe.
Doxie is back in his yard, saddened by the way things didn't go his way at the other place. Just then, Oswald comes to see him and is a bit surprised by the dog's depressive state. Oswald then thinkst Doxie has a serious illness and therefore takes him to a veterinarian.
At the clinic, the emu vet examines Doxie with a stethoscope and an x-ray. In no time, the vet comes out of the emergency room and tells Oswald that no trace of any illness is diagnosed but only "lovesickness." For unknown reasons, Oswald is angered by the news and opts to be the one to "cure" Doxie.
Doxie is still in the emergency room, strapped in the bed. Meanwhile, Oswald, disguised as a surgeon, steps in. As the pretend surgeon considers operation and shows an ax, Doxie is most terrified and flees the clinic. Watching through a window and seeing the frightened dog ran, Oswald is elated, thinking that Doxie is psychologically healed.
Doxie returns to the suburbs and reenters the poodle's place where he'll again resume his love urges. To his distraught, as the poodle comes out of her doghouse, he sees some puppies also come out along with a bulldog whom she gave the pups birth with. The long-bodied dog understands everything and walks away.
Doxie was most disgusted and therefore abandons his pursuit for love. He returns to his yard, going back to his usual lifestyle. Once more Oswald comes to him, offering a bowl full of bones. As he nibbles on a bone, Doxie feels he's better off with his owner.
Doxie is Oswald's second dog, the first being Elmer the Great Dane. The dachshund first made the screen in The Wily Weasel (1937). His swan song was in Soup to Mutts (1939). Though retired from animated cartoons that year, Doxie appeared in the cover of an Oswald the Rabbit comic book: see Oswald the Lucky Rabbit#Career in comics.