Strife with Father (1950)

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Two English sparrows adopt the homely hayseed, Beaky Buzzard. Later, his adoptive father tries to teach the dolt to catch chickens.



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Beaky Buzzard / Narrator / Monte - shouting voice (voice)


Foundling Beaky Buzzard is adopted by a couple of polite, English sparrows, named Monte and Gwendlyn. When Monte tries to teach lame-brained Beaky to catch a chicken, Beaky's ineptitude results in Monte being repeatedly struck with a mallet and caught in a grenade explosion. Written by Kevin McCorry <>

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1 April 1950 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Available as an extra on the 2007 Warner Brothers DVD edition of The Flame and the Arrow (1950). See more »


References Life with Father (1947) See more »


Rock-a-Bye Baby
Music by Effie I. Canning
Played when Gwendolyn is sitting on the egg
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Beaky needs some SERIOUS counseling
9 March 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Braindead avian Beaky Buzzard debuted in Bob Clampett's "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid" in 1942. Clampett brought him back in "The Bashful Buzzard" in 1945. After a five year absence, Beaky reappeared in "The Lion's Busy" and "Strife with Father", after which he never appeared in another theatrical short.

This one portrays Beaky getting left at the doorstep of husband and wife owls Monte and Gwendlyn. They try to raise him to be a gentleman, but...well, let's just say that Beaky belongs with his own kind! Long story short, never try to integrate a loopy oaf into decent society. Maybe Beaky should see a shrink.

It's hard to say what I really think of Beaky Buzzard. He proved to be an interesting character in his few appearances. I don't know whether or not his shtick would have gotten tiresome had he starred in more cartoons. I guess that just his four roles created enough of a personality to last, even if he is only a second-tier character. This one's worth seeing, if only once. Included as an extra feature on the "Flame and the Arrow" DVD, so I wonder if it preceded that movie in the theater.

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