Satan's Waitin' (1954)

  |  Animation, Family, Short

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Sylvester's carnivorious pursuit of Tweety Bird continues, chasing the canary onto the ledge of a tall building. He plummets to the sidewalk below, losing one of his nine "lives"; the ... See full summary »


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22 December 2014 | TheLittleSongbird
| A very promising premise that is very well executed on the whole
The premise for Satan's Waiting' is a great one, and one of the most unique for a Sylvester and Tweety cartoon. On the most part, Satan's Waiting' is very good and executes this premise remarkably well. One thing did stop it from being even better and that was the ending, the cartoon just to me ended suddenly with no real payoff. The animation is excellent though, very characteristic of 1950s Fritz Freleng. The whole cartoon is very crisply designed, the colours are bright making the imagery in Hell quite vivid- but the depiction of Hell shouldn't scare kids too much- and everything looks smoothly drawn. As always, Carl Stalling's music score is very sumptuously orchestrated and rhythmically lively with clever use of sound effects, enhancing the action in a way that few other "cartoon short" composers did better. The dialogue is constantly amusing and never really less than that but the gags make the bigger impression, they're not rushed or drawn out and most importantly they're funny. Highlights do have to be Sylvester's death scenes, which are remarkably inventive and done in a hilarious but tasteful way. Tweety does just fine and the supporting characters entertain and serve a point but Sylvester is the standout character here, he's always been interesting as well as the funnier character of the duo and here is no exception. The Sylvester and Tweety cartoons does a great job also making Sylvester easy to sympathise with, and I did feel sorry for Sylvester, more so than most Sylvester and Tweety cartoons. Mel Blanc was always consistent as a voice actor, giving multiple characters a different personality for each, and he sure doesn't disappoint here. All in all, great premise, very well executed though more could have been done with the ending. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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7 August 1954



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