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Screaming, irritating bird.

7/10
Author: OllieSuave-007 from California, USA
8 October 2015

This is a cartoon short featuring Minnie Mouse's cat, Figaro, who tries to live under the same roof with Minnie's constantly-singing bird Frankie. Figaro understandably doesn't like him and tries to rid him of his constant running beak. For me, I felt sorry for that cat, having not only to put up with Frankie's singing, but also its bratty personality.

Figaro can be a brat and a bully himself sometimes, but he's still funny to watch. He ends up struggling with the good and bad sides of his conscience as he tries to figure out if he should save Frankie from a bulldog. A little suspenseful and intriguing and it's a cartoon that I remember fondly from my childhood. But, it just too bad Frankie wasn't too lovable or less annoying.

Grade B-

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Fuss 'n' Feathers

10/10
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA
16 June 2003

A Walt Disney FIGARO Cartoon.

The battle rages in Minnie's living room between the kitten FIGARO AND FRANKIE the canary bird, but the sudden arrival of Butch the bulldog is going to completely upset the balance of power.

Here is another in the short series of cartoons to feature the feline from PINOCCHIO (1940). Fast & funny, it was the only Disney film to include an appearance by little Frankie. Minnie Mouse has a small, rather thankless, part - but she does get to wield a mean broom.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by pictures & drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew comic figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that childlike simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.

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