Migrating swallows are making their annual spring return to San Juan Capistrano, and a hungry cat awaits them with a radar scope and with his mouth and head disguised as a bird's nest. The ... See full summary »
Do the swallows still come back to the mission at San Juan Capistrano? I would presume. Anyway, that's the setup for this cartoon in which an unnamed cat awaits these birds' arrival on March 19th of each year.
He has "no vacancy: and similar signs at every nest in sight with a trap set up in one available nest. Like Wile E. Coyote, however, you just know this cat is not going to eat that first of the beautiful birds and you know he is going to take some beatings attempting to do so. Man, does he ever take beatings, especially when it looks like the cat finally prevailed and the rest of the flock - thousands of them - gang up and dive-bomb this feline. It's pretty brutal stuff in some scenes, like the punishment poor Tom got in the Tom and Jerry cartoons, but it's entertaining.
The cat looks a lot like Sylvester but slightly different, almost a Dr. Suess "cat in the hat" look to him.