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King-Size Canary (1947)

A mangy cat on the verge of starvation finds a tiny canary and a bottle of 'Jumbo-Gro' fertilizer, which gives him an idea that leads to giant cats, dogs, mice and canaries chasing each other round Lilliputian towns and cities...

Director:

Tex Avery

Writer:

Heck Allen (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sara Berner ... Canary (voice)
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Storyline

A mangy cat on the verge of starvation finds a tiny canary and a bottle of 'Jumbo-Gro' fertilizer, which gives him an idea that leads to giant cats, dogs, mice and canaries chasing each other round Lilliputian towns and cities...

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Trivia

In animation historian Jerry Beck's 1994 poll of animators, film historians and directors, this cartoon was rated the tenth greatest cartoon of all time. See more »

Quotes

[after listening to the advice of the mouse, the cat goes to the birdcage thinking it is well and healthy and grabs it, tossing it into a sack to bring to a table to eat. At the kitchen table the cat shakes the sack about waiting for the bird to fall out of it. As the bird finally does fall out of the sack onto a plate, it is this puny, insignificant, tiny dot of a bird]
Canary: Well... I've been sick.
Cat: Doh!
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Behind the Tunes: A Conversation with Tex Avery (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
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Music by Richard Milburn
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The Logical End When You Run Out Of Time
8 May 2021 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Tex Avery did a lot of classic cartoons and this is often considered the best of them; it appears frequently on the list of best cartoons of all times. I can't argue with that assertion. Its individual gags, from the tiny bird announcing "I've been sick!" to the mouse who is reading THE LOST SQUEAKEND are numerous, well executed and very funny.

And yet it suffers, I think from a weak ending. Avery was far more interested in the gags than the structure of his cartoons, and given their set length, he'd end them pretty abruptly That happens here, and its one of his few, albeit typical flaws.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kanariefågeln som växte See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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