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Sittin' on a Backyard Fence (1933)

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Sex seems to be on the minds of the animals on a backyard fence: the alley cats following a solitary female who may be in heat and the bull and the cows painted on an advertisement. After ... See full summary »

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Sex seems to be on the minds of the animals on a backyard fence: the alley cats following a solitary female who may be in heat and the bull and the cows painted on an advertisement. After some singing by the cloven-hoofed crowd and music from a jazz band of cats, the focus is on one particular male cat and his tough-guy rival for the affections of the one female. After she watches them fight with each other and then confront a bull dog, she may have her own solution to the rivalry. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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16 December 1933 (USA)  »

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Is it 1933 already?
8 August 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is an amazingly strong Merrie Melody from this period. While most of Leon Schlesinger's staff hated this series because the cartoon would usually come to a halt during the obligatory song number, the usually boring Earl Duvall showed precisely how to do this sort of cartoon: a good version of the number, a good, basic story -- cats fighting each other over a tabby around the eponymous back yard fence -- and a series of strong and well-timed gags: in other words, do what you're doing in a way that amuses you, without the annoying imitation kiddy voices singing the songs. A couple of nicely done POV shots showing strong composition, good perspective and lots of movement -- I'm thinking of the section where the cats are fighting on the electric lines -- don't hurt either.

Although Termite Terrace would come to do this much better, particularly under the direction of Friz Freleng, this is a fine cartoon in its own right and a harbinger of what was to come.


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