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The Rebel Without Claws (1961)

Approved | | Animation, Short, War | 15 July 1961 (USA)
In the American Civil War, Tweety is determined to get a message to General Lee, but Sylvester has been deployed to stop him.






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The Confederate Army wants to get an "important message" through to Gen. Lee, but all the carrier pigeons have been shot down. The soldiers reluctantly decide to use Tweety Bird to deliver the message. The Union soldiers counter with their "Messenger Destroyer," who (appropriately enough) turns out to be Sylvester. Battle gags ensue: Sylvester gets repeatedly blown out of a cannon; Tweety tricks he puddy tat (for a moment, at least) into thinking Union soldiers are marching to battle; and Tweety hiding behind cannons on a fighter ship, resulting in Sylvester getting blown up some more. Ending gag: Sylvester captures Tweety by disguising himself as the South's army general, but it is the puddy tat (not Tweety) who gets it on the firing range. Sylvester: "It's a good thing pussy cats' got nine lives. With this kind of an army, I'll need them!" Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Tweety: I tawt I taw a damn Yankee tat.
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References Southern Fried Rabbit (1953) See more »


Music by Daniel Butterfield
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Sylvester and Tweety in the Civil War...
30 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

The Rebel Without Claws is quite good for a later Sylvester and Tweety cartoons, but it also could have been better and there's far better in the series(for me the last great Sylvester and Tweety cartoon is Hyde and Go Tweet).

Where The Rebel Without Claws falls down is mainly in the pacing, though the animation has been better before in previous Sylvester and Tweety cartoons and there are funnier ones too. The Rebel Without Claws from personal view lacks energy, it isn't dull by all means but previous Sylvester and Tweety cartoons show more pizazz and momentum. A notable part is in the gag with the canon, which does go on for too long and is very repetitive and tired. The Rebel Without Claws was also made at a point where the budgets were getting smaller and hurried, and unfortunately it does show in the animation here. The colours are a little overly-vibrant but are easy on the eyes but the cartoon is drawn with a rather scrappy and too simple look, lacking fluidity and imagination. The final gag is also a little drawn out and one that can be smelt a mile away.

Milt Franklyn's music is very characterful and lively with lush scoring, though not one of his better scores. There is some amusing dialogue too, it's not everyday where you hear Tweety utter the word damn and Sylvester's final line is priceless(the only thing that really stands out in that particular gag, while the gags do raise a few chuckles, the story while nothing special is hardly dull either and the civil war setting is enjoyable. But again, there have been far funnier and more inspired Sylvester and Tweety cartoons before. The human characters agreed are caricatures and not particularly memorable ones, but Tweety who has more to do than most of his previous cartoons is cute and not annoying and Sylvester never fails to be funny or one to feel sympathy for. Mel Blanc as ever gives stellar voice work.

Overall, nothing brilliant but quite good. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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