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Two cockney canines chase Sylvester Cat into the lab of Dr. Jerkyl, where the cat drinks Hyde formula and changes into a wildcat that claws bulldog Alfie into little pieces and reverts back to Sylvester just in time for the other, smaller dog to come in and see Alfie cowering in fear. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Chester: Spike's my hero, because he's so big and strong!
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One of Sylvester's most underrated cartoons
23 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite the high IMDb rating and the two previous positive reviews, Dr. Jerkyl's Hide is very rarely shown and is hardly mentioned when talking about great Looney Tunes. It is a shame, because while it is not one of the best Looney Tunes' cartoons or among Sylvester's greatest ever it has very little wrong with it and is deserving of more praise.

As it is with most Looney Tunes cartoons, Dr. Jerkyl's Hide is very nicely animated, perhaps among Fritz Freleng's most visually beautiful cartoons of the early 50s. The colours are rich and vibrant, all three characters are well drawn and the backgrounds are fluid and have lots of detail to admire. Some of the animation is also imaginative, Sylvester in his 'evil' guise is pretty frightening but it's the physical comedy and the expressions of Alfie where the cartoon scores highly in this regard. Carl Stalling's music as ever is outstanding, his music is consistently of a very high standard and are often among the highlights of their cartoons. And this is demonstrated wonderfully in the orchestration, which is lush and clever and the rhythms, which are lively and characterful, it matching with everything seamlessly and even adding to the enjoyment.

While Dr. Jerkyl's Hide is not exactly new concept-wise (Looney Tunes have explored this concept quite a few times), the interplay between the two dogs and the visuals make it seem fresh enough and it never feels repetitive. Watching the cartoon for the first time I did not see the last two minutes coming, and the pacing is the opposite of tired, the cartoon literally whizzing by. The script is razor sharp and hilariously witty, especially between Alfie and Chester, and there are some very cleverly constructed gags, the physical comedy between Sylvester and Alfie and the last two minutes being particularly good. Sylvester does not have an awful lot to do despite being the star, other than showing this Jekyll and Hyde personality, but he is amusing enough and works really well with Chester and especially Alfie.

Chester has some hilarious dialogue that is voiced with gleeful relish by Stan Freberg, but the standout character here for me is Alfie, who bags most of the laughs and he is also the character that you feel sorry for. The voice acting from Mel Blanc for both Sylvester and Alfie is terrific, as ever he excels in voicing more than one character, making them individual and giving them completely different intonations and personalities from one another. In conclusion, a very good and underrated cartoon. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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