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It's Hummer Time (1950)

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A cat chases a hummingbird and repeatedly stumbles onto the property of a sleepy bulldog, who punishes the cat for each interruption of his slumber.

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Cat / Humming Bird / Bulldog / Bee (voice)
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A cat chases a hummingbird and repeatedly stumbles onto the property of a sleepy bulldog, who punishes the cat for each interruption of his slumber. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Towards the end, both the cat and the dog get pulled through a mud patch but both come out perfectly clean. See more »

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Cat: No. Not the works. Don't do it! In the name of humanity! NOT THE WORKS!
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Remade as Early to Bet (1951) See more »

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The Teddy Bears' Picnic
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Music by John W. Bratton
Played when the cat attaches the balloon to the fishing pole
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The cat and the hummingbird in a Robert McKimson classic
26 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Robert McKimson's cartoons are always entertaining to watch, and when they are on top form they positively deliver. It's Hummer Time is one of his cartoons that I've always enjoyed the most. The animation is bright and colourful with everything lovingly drawn and careful in detail. The music adds so much character to everything and like the best of the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons have a sense of humour of their own. As well as being energetic and characterful, it is also lovely music to listen to. The writing is deliciously manic with lots of freshness and wit, and the inventive and cleverly timed gags match perfectly. The "thinker" sequence with the bulldog is comedy gold. The story is simple but thanks to the zippy pace it is never dull, and it is nice to do something a little different with an idea that would easily pass for a cartoon with Sylvester and Tweety and sort of parody it also. The characters are not among Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies' most memorable but they are huge fun to watch and all have moments to shine. Mel Blanc's vocal characterisations as always are spot on. So overall, colourful and immensely enjoyable, one of McKimson's best and like McKimson perhaps undervalued(especially when compared to the best work of the more revered animation directors Jones, Clampett and Freleng, all geniuses in their own right). 10/10 Bethany Cox


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