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The Cagey Canary

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The Cagey Canary
Directed byFred Avery (planned)
Robert Clampett (finished) (both uncredited)[1]
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
Story byMichael Maltese
StarringMel Blanc
Sara Berner (both uncredited)[2]
Music byMusical Direction:
Carl W. Stalling
Orchestration:
Milt Franklyn (uncredited)
Edited byTreg Brown (uncredited)
Animation byBob McKimson
Uncredited animators:
Charles McKimson
Virgil Ross
Rod Scribner
Backgrounds byJohn Didrik Johnsen (uncredited)
Color processTechnicolor
Production
company
Leon Schlesinger Studios
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • November 22, 1941 (1941-11-22)
Running time
7 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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The Cagey Canary is a 1941 animated cartoon directed by planned Tex Avery and finished Bob Clampett.[1] The short was released on November 22, 1941 and features the early versions of Sylvester, Tweety, and Granny.

Plot[edit]

A cat tries to catch a canary, but he is stopped by Granny and she threatens to throw him out in the rain. So the cat tries to pull some devious tricks to get the bird, but he keeps getting interrupted by the canary's whistle. The canary at one point even gets the cat to whistle by showing him a picture of a pretty girl. The canary even taunts the cat while flying to and from his cage; but the cat was waiting for him and the canary escapes. So in desperation, the cat put ear muffs on Granny while she was sleeping. The canary tries whistling but to no avail, so then he makes all sorts of noises before hitting the cat with a wall ironing board, allowing the canary to remove the earmuffs from Granny. Finally, the cat has had enough, so he let himself out in the rain. The canary was victorious, but his victory wouldn't last as Granny woke up and is somehow angry. So a frightened canary flew out in the rain too. Left all alone in a barrel with the cat, the canary asks the audience if they were interested in a homeless cat and canary.[2]

Home media[edit]

  • LaserDisc — The Golden Age of Looney Tunes: Volume 3, Side 5: Early Avery
  • VHS — Looney Tunes: The Collector's Edition: Volume 8: Tex-Book Looney (1995 Turner dubbed version)
  • Streaming — HBO Max (restored)

Production notes[edit]

  • The cartoon was reissued as a Blue Ribbon cartoon on October 11, 1947.
  • The original titles have been found, but it is unknown if they will be acquired for future releases.[3]
  • This short is possibly a prototype of Tweetie Pie (Coincidentally both Tweetie Pie and The Cagey Canary were written by Michael Maltese).
  • This was one of the four cartoons that Tex Avery planned to make in 1941, but were completed by Bob Clampett in the end due to his departure. The other two cartoons are Aloha Hooey, Wabbit Twouble, and Crazy Cruise.

See also[edit]

  • Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies filmography (1940–1949)
  • List of films directed by Tex Avery
  • Tweetie Pie
  • King-Size Canary

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Bob Clampett's "A Tale Of Two Kitties" (1942)". cartoonresearch.com. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hartley, Steven (20 August 2014). "Likely Looney, Mostly Merrie: 348. The Cagey Canary (1941)". Likely Looney, Mostly Merrie. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  3. "WARNER BROS. TITLES". www.cartoonresearch.com. Retrieved 15 September 2020.

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