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Strife with Father (1950)

Two English sparrows adopt the homely hayseed, Beaky Buzzard. Later, his adoptive father tries to teach the dolt to catch chickens.

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Foundling Beaky Buzzard is adopted by a couple of polite, English sparrows, named Monte and Gwendlyn. When Monte tries to teach lame-brained Beaky to catch a chicken, Beaky's ineptitude results in Monte being repeatedly struck with a mallet and caught in a grenade explosion. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Available as an extra on the 2007 Warner Brothers DVD edition of The Flame and the Arrow (1950). See more »

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What's the Matter with Father
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Beaky Buzzard bows out
1 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Beaky Buzzard appeared in four cartoons, of which 'Strife for Father' (following on from 'Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid', 'The Bashful Buzzard' and 'The Lion's Busy') is his final one. That it is the weakest of the four, to me, and still manages to be quite good, makes it sad that the character and his series was so short lived.

Robert McKimson did a fair share of cartoons that are regarded by me highly, and generally he was deserving of more credit in a career that was over-shadowed by those of Chuck Jones, Tex Avery and Friz Freleng at the height of their powers. 'Strife with Father' is not McKimson at his best but still has a lot to like about it and has all the numerous strengths and the few not so good things about all four Beaky Buzzard cartoons. Of which 'Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid' gets my vote as the best and funniest.

The story is slight and fairly predictable, also slightly repetitive on occasions. The humour, while still executed fine, generally doesn't come close to the best gags in 'Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid', nor is there dialogue quite as memorable as the shoe leather insult in 'The Bashful Buzzard'. The supporting characters could have been stronger, not particularly memorable.

However, Beaky himself is still a cute and amusing character, while never being too cloying, overly-dumb or annoying.

Animation is bright in colour, fluid and rich in detail and smooth in movement and design. Ever demonstrating why he has always been my personal favourite of the Looney Tunes composers, Carl Stalling provides yet another energetically characterful, beautifully orchestrated and cleverly action-enhancing music score.

Even though, as said, never hilarious, there is some very amusing dialogue. Same with the gags, fun and well animated but there are more hilarious and more inventive around. Mel Blanc's voice work is terrific as always.

Overall, quite good but not great. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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