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King-Size Canary (1947)

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A mangy cat on the verge of starvation finds a tiny canary and a bottle of 'Jumbo-Gro' fertilizer, which gives him an idea that leads to giant cats, dogs, mice and canaries chasing each other round Lilliputian towns and cities...

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ...
Cat (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham ...
Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A mangy cat on the verge of starvation finds a tiny canary and a bottle of 'Jumbo-Gro' fertilizer, which gives him an idea that leads to giant cats, dogs, mice and canaries chasing each other round Lilliputian towns and cities...

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6 December 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

KanariefĂ„geln som vĂ€xte  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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In animation historian Jerry Beck's 1994 poll of animators, film historians and directors, this cartoon was rated the tenth greatest cartoon of all time. See more »

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[after listening to the advice of the mouse, the cat goes to the birdcage thinking it is well and healthy, but after taking the top cover off the birdcage, the cat is temporarily angry at itself until it notices the Jumbo-Gro juice and feeds some Jumbo-Gro juice to the canary, as a medication to the canary, making the canary healthy, but the grew larger than the cat The canary was ill, very small, very weak and slim when first let out of its cage door]
Canary: I've been sick.
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Spoofs The Lost Weekend (1945) See more »

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The quintessential Tex Avery cartoon.
15 November 2002 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

While I do not personally think this is Avery's best cartoon (that honor goes to The Legend of Rockabye Point) and this one is also not among my personal favorites, this is the ultimate in Tex Avery cartoons. Everything Avery strived to do is here-he loved taking a quasi-normal situation, tossing in a random, improbable element or three and then piling sight gag after sight gag, each one more outlandish than the ones before. The jokes are all sight gags. What dialogue there is is generally there as necessary for set-up and only one or two lines are even mildly funny. Just sight gags, as far as the eye can see, fast enough to register, but so fast that you almost don't have time to breathe because you're laughing so hard. This one makes you want to do things like hang spoons from your nose! Wildly silly and unforgettable, truly a masterpiece. This is a great cartoon! It worked 55 years ago and it works today. You have to see this one. Most highly recommended.


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