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Birds Anonymous (1957)

In this spoof of Alcoholics Anonymous, pussy cats are cast as bird-eating addicts and go through the 12-step process to deal with their addiction. Sylvester, who could never quite get the ... See full summary »

Director:

Friz Freleng

Writer:

Warren Foster (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Sylvester / Tweety / Clarence / B.A. Cats / Sam / TV Chef / Radio Announcer (voice)
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Storyline

In this spoof of Alcoholics Anonymous, pussy cats are cast as bird-eating addicts and go through the 12-step process to deal with their addiction. Sylvester, who could never quite get the best of the object of his desire, Tweety Bird, joins and resolves to quit chasing and eating the canary. Tweety innocently asks the puddy "Don't you wike me anymo'?" setting off a series of events which will test the puddy tat's resolve. Several attempts to get his mind off eating Tweety backfire, leading him to a delirious attempt to eat the bird. Sam (Sylvester's B.A. sponsor, introduced earlier) intervenes and shows how birds and cats can peacefully co-exist, but he falls off the wagon when he kisses Tweety and thus getting a taste of him and wanting a lot more! Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Canarios anónimos See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones presented the award for best live action short film at the 1958 Academy Awards, Hudson accidentally read the winner for the best animated short film instead, which was "Birds Anonymous". Shortly after John W. Burton accepted the award, Hudson and Jones read the nominees for the best animated short, followed by the winner for the best live action short. See more »

Quotes

Clarence: Our new member has come to us for help. Would someone volunteer to tell what B.A. has done for him?
B.A. Cat #1: I was a three-bird-a-day pussycat, until B.A. helped me.
[Applause]
B.A. Cat #2: Being on a bird kick cost me five homes. B.A. helped me solve my problem.
[Applause]
Sylvester: Fellow members, from now on my motto is: Birds is strictly for the birds.
[Applause]
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Connections

Referenced in Finding Nemo (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Bye Bye Blackbird
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Music by Ray Henderson
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One of the best Sylvester and Tweety cartoons thanks to a new approach
4 November 2008 | by phantom_tollboothSee all my reviews

Friz Freleng's 'Birds Anonymous' is one of the cleverest and best of the Sylvester and Tweety series of cartoons. I'm not a great fan of this series since I feel it is largely repetitive and predictable and I can't stand the cutesy version of Tweety who usurped the wonderful original version of the character invented by Bob Clampett. 'Birds Anonymous' caters to both my requirements for a great Sylvester and Tweety short.

1. It breaks from the usual chase formula which often resorted to simply replaying the same gags in a different setting.

2. It throws the spotlight firmly on Sylvester, with Tweety being merely a device to move the story on.

Add to these elements a very clever concept which satirises the then fairly new institution Alcoholics Anonymous. In a wonderful, Hitchcockian opening sequence, Sylvester is stopped midway through an attempt to catch Tweety by an oddball orange cat who introduces him to a group for cats with bird addictions. From hereon in, the cartoon focuses not on Sylvester's battle with Tweety but with his battle with himself as he tries to fight his fraying will power. The animation of Sylvester's jittery breakdown is great but the most effective moment comes with a highly unusual sequence in which we see Sylvester endure a sleepless night through a series of completely static shots, a hauntingly effective choice. The minimalist, stylised backgrounds and bright colours also heighten the sense of growing hysteria. I'm usually not a great fan of these cheaper looking layouts but often they were used very effectively and 'Birds Anonymous' is one of the key examples of this. A far cry from the tiresome, samey chase films that dominate the Sylvester and Tweety series, 'Birds Anonymous' is a real classic of invention and technique and deservedly won an Academy Award for animated short subject.


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