Sex seems to be on the minds of the animals on a backyard fence: the alley cats following a solitary female who may be in heat and the bull and the cows painted on an advertisement. After ...
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Sex seems to be on the minds of the animals on a backyard fence: the alley cats following a solitary female who may be in heat and the bull and the cows painted on an advertisement. After some singing by the cloven-hoofed crowd and music from a jazz band of cats, the focus is on one particular male cat and his tough-guy rival for the affections of the one female. After she watches them fight with each other and then confront a bull dog, she may have her own solution to the rivalry.Written by
This is an amazingly strong Merrie Melody from this period. While most of Leon Schlesinger's staff hated this series because the cartoon would usually come to a halt during the obligatory song number, the usually boring Earl Duvall showed precisely how to do this sort of cartoon: a good version of the number, a good, basic story -- cats fighting each other over a tabby around the eponymous back yard fence -- and a series of strong and well-timed gags: in other words, do what you're doing in a way that amuses you, without the annoying imitation kiddy voices singing the songs. A couple of nicely done POV shots showing strong composition, good perspective and lots of movement -- I'm thinking of the section where the cats are fighting on the electric lines -- don't hurt either.
Although Termite Terrace would come to do this much better, particularly under the direction of Friz Freleng, this is a fine cartoon in its own right and a harbinger of what was to come.
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