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King-Size Canary (1947)

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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Pinto Colvig ...
Cat (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham ...
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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)  »

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Kanariefågeln som växte  »

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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 »

Quotes

Mouse: Hey, wait a minute, pal! What are you trying to do, eat me?
Cat: Duh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Mouse: Well forget it, pal. I've seen this cartoon before; and believe me, if you're smart, you won't eat me; 'cause before this picture's over, I save your life.
Cat: Duh, yeah, b-but I'm hungry.
Mouse: All right then. In the next room, you'll find a great big fat juicy canary. Eat him.
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Featured in Behind the Tunes: A Conversation with Tex Avery (2004) See more »

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A Must-Be-Seen-To-Be-Believed Masterpiece
12 August 2000 | by (Buffalo, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

Of Tex Avery's three masterpieces, "King-Size Canary" is the best of the lot. (In case you're wondering, the other two are "Who Killed Who?" and "Red Hot Riding Hood," both 1943.) This has to be seen to be believed, let alone appreciated. I once tried to describe it to a friend, one who admitted affection for Chuck Jones' Bugs/Daffy/Elmer hunting trilogy from Warner Bros., and failed miserably to do it justice. The insanity builds from a merely amusing opening to a mind-boggling yet inevitable finale, an image that will stay with you for some time after the fade-out.


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