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Life with Feathers (1945)

A love bird's wife has left him. He wants to end it all and tries to force Sylvester to eat him. Sylvester thinks there's something fishy about the situation and refuses to eat the bird.

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Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc, Daws Butler
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Sylvester / Lovebird / Telegram Guy (voice)
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A love bird's wife has left him. He wants to end it all and tries to force Sylvester to eat him. Sylvester thinks there's something fishy about the situation and refuses to eat the bird. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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24 March 1945 (USA)  »

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Ohne Liebe ist das Leben leer  »

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First appearance of Sylvester Pussycat. See more »

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Lovebird: Come on, Mr. Cat. Eat me.
Sylvester: No! No! I'll die!
Lovebird: Please, Mr. Cat?
Sylvester: All right! I'll do it. I'd rather die than starve to death!
[Sylvester is about to eat the lovebird when a telegram arrives; lovebird reads ]
Lovebird: You don't have to eat me, Mr. Cat. I just got a telegram from Sweetypuss, and everything is going to be, oh, just dandy.
Sylvester: Oh, yeah? Well, I haven't changed my mind!
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Referenced in Australian Pie (2005) See more »

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Home Sweet Home
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Music by H.R. Bishop
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The debut of Sylvester...
25 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Life with Feathers is the cartoon to feature the debut of the (then un-named) Sylvester the cat, and while not one of his very best cartoons it is towards the better half.

Sylvester himself is just great here, and of all the Looney Tunes characters in their debut features Sylvester is one of the more strongly developed ones from the start. Some Looney Tunes characters in their first appearances were still in development stages, or seemed to be, whereas with Sylvester while his personality got funnier and even stronger the way he's animated, the way he speaks and his personality is remarkably consistent with the Sylvester we know and love today. Here in Life with Feathers he's smoothly animated and he's funny and interesting, though because of the premise not a lot of room is left to show his cunning side. The bird is very sweet and brings a real poignant depth to the story. Mel Blanc's voice work is typically superb.

Great too is the animation, all the drawing is very smooth and easy-looking, the backgrounds are vibrant and detailed and it all looks very bright and warm in the colours. The music from Carl Stalling adds so much with the rhythmic energy and rich orchestration, and is truly beautiful music on its own merits as well. The dialogue is characteristically witty, and while the gags are sort of familiar the timing is spot-on and they are very funny. The story is a lot of fun, and despite sounding depressing reading the synopsis the poignancy is pitched at just the right level and balances with the humour well. Pacing is crisp enough.

All in all, the debut of Sylvester is a great one and fares favourably with the rest of his cartoons. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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