A canary is frustrated by being caged, particularly with a parrot taunting him when humans aren't watching. One day, he tricks the kind old lady that owns him into opening the window, and ... See full summary »

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A canary is frustrated by being caged, particularly with a parrot taunting him when humans aren't watching. One day, he tricks the kind old lady that owns him into opening the window, and she also leaves the door to his cage open. Freedom! But it's not all it's cracked up to be; the other birds are either cuckoos (complete with Napoleon hat) or shun him, the rain comes and there's no shelter, and a cat is skulking around. After a series of narrow escapes, the canary is more than happy to dash home to the nice warm fire. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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1 September 1934 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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(2-strip Technicolor)

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The first in MGM's Happy Harmonies series, started in imitation of Disney's Silly Symphonies series and Warner Bros.'s Merrie Melodies series. MGM had to use the Cinecolor process since Disney had an exclusive contract with Technicolor to use the new three-strip Technicolor process for animation. See more »

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The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
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Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
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Decent 30's cartoon shows the grass isn't always greener on the other side!
17 August 2016 | by (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Decent cartoon indicative of its era, and included as a bonus on my 'Evelyn Prentice' DVD from my 5-film 'TCM Spotlight: Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection'. In it, the aforementioned bird longs to escape from its boring, caged, well-cared-for existence, so when his owner is distracted away and forgets to close the cage, the canary makes the most of this suddenly-presented opportunity and flies out of both the cage and an open window of the house itself. It then discovers 'the grass isn't always greener', as a dangerous black cat and stormy weather make only far too clear...I definitely hope to be a completist of these early animated works from the studio.


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