Migrating swallows are making their annual spring return to San Juan Capistrano, and a hungry cat awaits them with a radar scope and with his mouth and head disguised as a bird's nest. The ... See full summary »

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Migrating swallows are making their annual spring return to San Juan Capistrano, and a hungry cat awaits them with a radar scope and with his mouth and head disguised as a bird's nest. The clever advance scout for the flock of swallows tricks the cat into ingesting a metallic statue of a swallow, then uses a magnet to pull the cat through pipes and the prongs of a ladder. Hundreds of swallows then dive-bomb the cat with light bulbs and thumb tacks. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Visually a wonder, musically energetic and hilariously clever, if brutal
21 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Swallow the Leader- what a great title!- is a fabulous cartoon, and quite unique amongst the many WB/Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons seen, that deserves to be seen more. The animation is just gorgeous, it is beautifully drawn and the vibrant colours alone are a feast for the eyes. It is also interesting that the cat is drawn like a criss-cross of a slightly overweight Sylvester and Dr Seuss' Cat in the Hat. As with any great music scoring in the WB/Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoon the music merges perfectly with the action and is composed and orchestrated with lovely textures and tremendous energy. The use of Mendelssohn's Athalie Overture is good too. The humour is more visual gag than dialogue(the narration sets things up very nicely), but it is very cleverly engineered and hilarious stuff. It is also rather brutal to the extent that you do feel sorry for the cat. The characters drive the cartoon engagingly, and the voice work from Mel Blanc and Robert C Bruce is excellent. In conclusion, a fabulous if underrated cartoon that works on all levels. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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