A rough and tough bulldog and his admirer friend set out to rough up Sylvester the Cat, unaware of the escaped black panther roaming around.

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A rough and tough bulldog named Spike sets out with his admirer, a small dog named Chester, to rough up a cat. They encounter Sylvester and chase him into a junkyard, where a black panther that escaped from a zoo just happens to be hiding out. Every time Spike goes into the junkyard to thrash Sylvester, he is clawed into pieces by the panther, which he, in a dark maze of crates, thinks is Sylvester. Chester has no problem pummelling Sylvester before Spike's eyes, which convinces Spike that Chester must be tougher than him. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Despite a strange title, still a great cartoon
9 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While not quite one of my favourites or one of Looney Tunes' masterpieces, 'Tree for Two' is still a near-classic.

As said in my review summary and by a previous reviewer, the title for the cartoon is a pretty strange one and the significance of it is never really explained. One also wishes that Sylvester had more to do, he is certainly memorable and does have some funny moments including a priceless rendition of "Charleston" but seeing as he is one of the funniest Looney Tunes character and one of their most interesting personality-wise one wishes that that could have come out more.

The animation, as always with Looney Tunes in their prime (which they certainly were in this period), is really beautifully done. There is lots of vibrant and lush colour, backgrounds that are both attractive and detailed and all the characters are well-drawn with smooth movements.

Carl Stalling was always a composer that was instrumental to a cartoon's success, not only did his music fit so well with the action it always enhanced it and in Looney Tunes that ability has not been equalled (including the still very impressive Milt Franklyn). Again he provides a score that's full of life, characterful rhythms, buoyant energy and rich and clever orchestration.

Writing is very fresh and witty, the visual gags and physical comedy are even funnier, imaginatively timed and beautifully animated and although it is not hard to work out what happens the story entertains hugely and has not a dull, tired or overly-routine moment, basically a familiar story still given a lot of freshness. And yes, even if slightly predictable the ending is a riot.

The characters and their chemistry are a joy. There could have been more of Sylvester, but he is hardly wasted and still has good material, but Spike and Chester are both likable and hilarious and the panther is a suitable enough threat. Mel Blanc and Stan Freberg's vocal characterisations are as always spot on.

In conclusion, strange title but great cartoon. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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