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Peck Up Your Troubles (1945)

Sylvester is determined to get a woodpecker that just moved in, high in a tree. He climbs, but the bird greases the tree; he starts to cut it down, but a mean dog stops him (this becomes a ... See full summary »

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Sylvester is determined to get a woodpecker that just moved in, high in a tree. He climbs, but the bird greases the tree; he starts to cut it down, but a mean dog stops him (this becomes a running gag). Several other attempts follow; at one point, he puts his paw into the bird's home, and the bird puts a tomato there; Sylvester squishes it, and the bird dresses as an angel to torment him, but Sylvester sees through the disguise. Finally, Sylvester tries to blow up the tree; the dog again intervenes. Sylvester gets the dynamite off the tree and puts out the fuses, but the bird has lit them again, and now Sylvester really becomes an angel. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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20 October 1945 (USA)  »

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Spoofs Pack Up Your Troubles (1939) See more »

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Not great characters but still funny
28 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

High up in a tree lives a little woodpecker. At the bottom of the tree lives Sylvester the cat who is, as always, hungry. When his first attempts to climb the tree fail, Sylvester tries various other methods to get up there.

Is a Tweety Pie cartoon still a Tweety Pie cartoon when it doesn't actually have Tweety Pie in it? I wonder. But in this case the Tweety Pie role is played by a woodpecker while all the other roles are the same - Sylvester and the Pit Bull dog - and the action is the usual stuff. The jokes are fine and are more about Sylvester than the woodpecker. It's not that different from other stuff you'll have seen but it is still energetic and funny.

Sylvester carries the film on his own without too much difficulty. The dog only shows up occasionally to give him dirty looks and the bird is not as memorable as Tweety. This is not a failing though, I'm not that big a fan of Tweety and didn't feel his absence was a problem here - in a way it meant that film had one less `star' to focus on and the cartoon was able to just let Sylvester have the screen time.

Overall this film does lack any other good characters outside of Sylvester, but it is still funny as he is able to carry the comedy pretty well.


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