Gift Wrapped (1952)

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Sylvester gets a rubber mouse for Christmas, but he much prefers Granny's gift: a new Tweety Bird.


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12 August 2014 | TheLittleSongbird
| Among the best of the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons
Not their absolute best, Birds Anonymous is a contender for that, but it is one of their best and entertaining. As with almost all Sylvester/Tweety cartoons it is routine, but here it didn't matter because the gags certainly were not and, thanks to how impeccably depicted the holiday season is here(illustrated brilliantly by the very start of the cartoon with the house and the snow), there is a real sense of warm-hearted festive cheer. The animation is crisp and fluid with some of the most vibrant colours of any of the Sylvester/Tweety cartoons. The music is non-stop characterful and very lushly orchestrated, the most clever use being when Sylvester disguises himself as Geronimo. The use of arranged Christmas songs added to the festive mood. The dialogue is very razor sharp and witty, a lot of great lines here from Sylvester and Granny, Sylvester's interjection at the opening narration was priceless. The gags are standard chase and cat wants bird, dog wants cat but again like the story the clever timing and how they don't feel tired or recycled ensures that that doesn't matter in the slightest. The one with Sylvester and Tweety in their Geronimo and Hopalong Cassidy disguises was the most memorable, though Granny being hoisted up by Sylvester's crane accidentally was a funny sight as well. The characters and the chemistry between them also made Gift Wrapped enjoyable, especially Sylvester who does a great job providing the laughs by what he says, what he does but also his facial expressions play a large part. Tweety's not too cutesy but he does have a cute look and has shades of his anarchic personality that was given by him by Bob Clampett, this said Sylvester has always been the funnier and more interesting character. Granny at this time of Looney Tunes sure has a lot of spunk and she is just as funny as Sylvester, while the bulldog plays against Sylvester very well. Mel Blanc voices brilliantly in a way that very few other people could, though Daws Butler is a good narrator and you can't go wrong with Bea Benaderet as Granny(though I am more familiar with June Foray's voice-work for the character). To conclude, truly great stuff and among the best of the Sylvester/Tweety series. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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