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Canned Feud (1951)

Approved  |   |  Family, Animation, Short  |  3 February 1951 (USA)
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Sylvester Cat finds that his people have gone on vacation and left him alone in a locked house with a large stash of canned food in a cupboard. Sylvester needs a can opener, or he'll starve... See full summary »

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Sylvester / Sam / Mouse's Whistle (voice)
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Sylvester Cat finds that his people have gone on vacation and left him alone in a locked house with a large stash of canned food in a cupboard. Sylvester needs a can opener, or he'll starve. And a pesky mouse has the only can opener in the house and torments Sylvester into trying more and more desperate measures to obtain it. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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The note left for the milkman is signed "Mrs. Champin", a nod to animator Ken Champin. See more »

Goofs

In the final scenario, Sylvester, with can opener in hand, finds the cupboard padlocked. There is a brief close-up of the lock, and in the next shot Sylvester is in the same position with no can opener in view. See more »

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Sylvester: They forgot to put out the cat! Ha, ha, ha! The cat? *I'm* the cat!
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Referenced in Moby Duck (1965) See more »

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This Is Worth Fighting For
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Music by Sam H. Stept
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An inspired cartoon in which unprovoked cruelty results in one of the all-time greatest cartoon breakdowns
18 August 2008 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Friz Freleng's 'Canned Feud' is a wonderful solo Sylvester cartoon. I always preferred Sylvester either on his own or paired with anyone but Tweety and this is one of his finest solo performances. Warren Foster's script has the inspirational twist of making a cat and mouse cartoon where the mouse is the bad guy. Sylvester does nothing to deserve the emotional and physical pummeling he gets in 'Canned Feud' and that somehow makes the experience all the more delicious. We share in Sylvester's desperation as he finds himself locked in the house for a fortnight with only canned food to eat, only to discover that a smug mouse has taken the only can opener. Like many of Freleng's best cartoons, 'Canned Feud' is extremely high-energy. Rather than start out slightly worried and build into a frenzy as the cartoon progresses, Sylvester starts at frenzy and builds to complete mental collapse. It's a classic performance by the cat, a masterclass in the art of animated physical comedy. A few fairly standard jokes are given new life by virtue of Sylvester's crazed desperation and there are tons of brilliantly original gags too. The axehead joke is one of my all-time favourites, so beautifully simple and perfectly timed. 'Canned Feud' is a Freleng masterpiece: a hysterical, frantic, claustrophobic study of obsessive desperation and unnecessary cruelty that just pulsates with energy. Up there with Freleng classics such as 'Yankee Doodle Daffy' and 'Kit for Cat'.


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