Sylvester has been "blackballed" out of membership to the Loyal Order of Alley Cats Mouse and Chowder Club again. To gain the long-coveted membership, the Grand Master offers to let the ... See full summary »
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Sylvester has been "blackballed" out of membership to the Loyal Order of Alley Cats Mouse and Chowder Club again. To gain the long-coveted membership, the Grand Master offers to let the lisping puddy tat place a big bell around the neck of the largest mouse he can find, so the cats can pounce on the mouse when they hear the bell. Just as that's going on, Hippety Hopper escapes from a city zoo truck. It's not long before he encounters the hapless Sylvester. Each attempt to place the bell around Hippety's neck ends with Sylvester wearing the bell (and the cats pounding the puddy into submission). In the end, Sylvester finally does get the bell around Hippety's neck, but by the time the cats are ready to pounce on the baby kangaroo-mistaken-for-a-giant-mouse, Hippety has been recaptured. The oblivious cats end up jumping in front of the city zoo truck! Sylvester now gets to serve as Loyal Order's Grand Master. Written by
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The short Sylvester and Hippety Hopper series, while admittedly being one of the most increasingly routine of the Looney Tunes cartoons series, was still pretty well-made and entertaining, though none of the cartoons are among my personal favourites. Bell Hoppy is not an exception, not exceptional, but well-made, funny, entertaining and interesting.
Anybody already familiar with the basic formula of the Sylvester-Hippety Hopper series (Sylvester thinking Hippety to be a big mouse instead of a baby kangaroo, sounds silly but actually the cartoons generally manage to make it work) will have a pretty good idea with how the action and some of the story in Bell Hoppy map out. Pretty much the only complaint actually I personally have with Bell Hoppy is its routine-ness, and that one or two parts felt a tad rushed.
However, while one shouldn't expect much original or surprising here in Bell Hoppy, that it has an interesting take on fable Belling the Cat prevents it from being completely tired and predictable. The cartoon is very well animated, with smooth drawing, detailed but charmingly simple background art and vibrant colours, Sylvester and Hippety are both well-drawn. Carl Stalling's music score as always is outstanding, it's orchestrated beautifully and very cleverly, it's filled with energetic style and lively rhythms, it adds so much to what's going on and matches every expression, gesture and action seamlessly.
Bell Hoppy also has a sharp and funny script, and while the sight gags are not the most inventive in the world they are just as funny as the dialogue and are crisply timed. Sylvester carries the laughs with no problem and is as interestingly cunning as usual. Hippety is also very cute and is a similarly fun character, not feeling at all like a plot device like Tweety in some of his later cartoons, and a good job is done not making him too irritating apart from for Sylvester. The gang of cats are suitably menacing and while violent it's not to the point of being sadistic. Mel Blanc as always is brilliant providing the voices.
Overall, while not a personal favourite Bell Hoppy makes for 6 minutes or so of good entertainment. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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