The Cat's Canary (1932)

Passed   |  Animation, Short

This pre-code entry in Van-Buren's "Aesop's Sound Fables" series finds a Brooklyn-cat in a bowler hat, hanging out in the New Jersey meadow-lands (or somewhere in the wild),who traps a ... See full summary »


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22 August 2007 | ccthemovieman-1
| Another Crazy - And Fun To Watch - Cartoon Of The Early '30s
"It serves the cat right," is how I would give my two cents on this animated story, which was pretty interesting. A little birdie, a canary apparently from the title of this cartoon, is eaten by a cat, who wears a little bowlers' hat.

Anyway, after he swallows the little bird and all you can hear now are "tweets" coming from the cat's mouth. He can't stop making bird noises, he's freaking out, so he rushes over to see "Dr. Snutz," who looks down this throat. We get our first funny sight gag with that as the doc pulls out a very long tongue and looks at it like it was ticker tape with stock quotations. He then presses the cat's nose and the tongue winds back into his mouth.

A look with a camera - those old-fashioned accordion-like ones - reveals there is hope for the bird. We see him flying in an around all the cat's ribs and singing madly in distress. The doc does everything he can to shake the bird loose, giving the cat a rough treatment. They get into a fight and the doc boots him out of the office.

I don't want to spoil things, so suffice to say that that some really unusual things happen after that. It gets weirder and weirder and all of it is pretty humorous. That's a main attraction in cartoons - you see the impossible. By the end of this cartoon, all I could do was shake my head in amazement at some of the things I just seen. This is a fun cartoon.


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Animation | Short


Release Date:

26 March 1932



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