Thread II goes to the dogs....
Here's one for Thread-heads to debate. GRD has argued that the Caretaker's dog and the dog sniffing at the Mummy's coffin are supposed to be two different dogs (see the argument here: http://www.micechat.com/forums/showp...postcount=1212 ). It's true that in Marc Davis's concept art, the dogs are similar but not identical:
But in the finished HM, the two dogs are virtually identical, certainly cast from the same mold:
I always thought that there was a nice little joke here. You see two cowards upon entering the graveyard, the caretaker and his dog, both shaking with fright. Later on you see that only one of them has stuck around, and the dog has summoned up enough courage to investigate a little, as we see him sniffing around the mummy scene. The dog's owner, the caretaker, is conspicuously absent. He got the heck outta there! Joke, see? The man is even more cowardly than his wimpy little pup.
Of course, you could argue that they are two different dogs, as Davis seems to have conceived them (and as GRD argues) and that all we're seeing is a cost-savings by using the same mold twice. I would argue that somewhere along the way they decided to identify the two dogs with each other and create a subtle gag about the caretaker's cowardliness. Even if they used the same mold, after all, they could have made the dogs look a little different cosmetically, but they did not.
So what do you guys think? Are there two dogs or one?