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A kitten is adopted by a maternal eagle, who teaches the young cat to fly- by using his tail as a spinning propeller. Upon reaching the age to venture into the world on his own, the flying ... See full summary »

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A kitten is adopted by a maternal eagle, who teaches the young cat to fly- by using his tail as a spinning propeller. Upon reaching the age to venture into the world on his own, the flying cat uses his extraordinary ability to save an attractive girl cat from a bulldog. These two cats mate and beget a family of flying felines, all of whom fly south with their father each winter and return north in the spring to rejoin their mother. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Very sweet
12 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not one of Chuck Jones' classics, with the cartoon ending on rather an odd note and it's not as razor-sharp or witty as some of his other work. But Go Fly a Kit still an interesting and completely endearing cartoon, and well worth watching, not just for curiosity. The animation is superbly drawn and vividly coloured, Go Fly a Kit also does wonders telling the story through the visuals. The music from Milt Franklyn doesn't disappoint either, being a pleasing mixture of sensitive and energetic, full of character and orchestrated beautifully. While you miss the hilariously witty dialogue that you are used to, there is still some nice subtle humour. The gags are more restrained than usual but timed well and amusing, but much of the best of the humour comes from the facial expressions, Marc Anthony's expression of shock and realisation that he was biting on his own leg is priceless stuff. Go Fly a Kit is more a cartoon this said that takes on a heart-warming, tugging-on-the-heartstrings touch. It does so in a very sweet and moving way, and the cartoon has a lot of heart and warmth and doesn't dissolve into schmaltz too much. The story is told mostly in flashback but is always easy to understand, and while it's not a cartoon that has rapid-fire pacing Go Fly a Kit is never dull. The characters are very likable and carry the cartoon very well, Marc Anthony the bulldog being the most memorable. The voice work is fine, though not the best work of either Mel Blanc or Daws Butler. All in all, very sweet and well-done. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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