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The Discontented Canary (1934)

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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 ... 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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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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La Marseillaise
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Music by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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Nursery toon from the early thirties is now a relic.
17 February 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The MGM cartoons seemed to show more man hours but Isling did better than this Kiddy-pic about a canary who tries life in the wild, to the strains of "Man on the Flying Trapeze." Some of the flying material and the menacing black cat are good but this one hasn't got the energy of the early cartoons or the polish of the later ones. Most copies have lost the original color.


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