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Birds of a Father (1961)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Short | 1 April 1961 (USA)
Sylvester Cat discovers that his son, Junior, has a new best friend - a bird named Spike. Aghast, Sylvester decides to teach his son the facts of feline life and goes with him on a bird ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert McKimson

Writer:

David Detiege (story) (as Dave Detiege)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Sylvester / Sylvester Jr. (voice)
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Storyline

Sylvester Cat discovers that his son, Junior, has a new best friend - a bird named Spike. Aghast, Sylvester decides to teach his son the facts of feline life and goes with him on a bird hunt, which, as usual, isn't Sylvester's forte. He is hit with a badminton racket after he mistakenly shoots a badminton birdie and then is blown up when he sends a model plane after Spike and is himself shot at by the out-of-control plane and forced to take refuge in an explosives store shed, with the plane slipping in behind him and firing at the TNT. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Få hellere en bøf, far See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Sylvester Jr.: Father, you're just not human.
Sylvester: Of course I'm not human. I'm a cat.
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Soundtracks

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Music by Mel Kaufman
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Cute, But Nothing Really Remarkable
24 May 2005 | by MartyD82-1See all my reviews

Sylvester is aghast when he sees that his son is fraternizing with (of all possible creatures) a blue jay by the name of Spike. Through his natural feline instincts, he does everything in his power to not only destroy this relationship, but destroy Spike as well.

I always found the earlier Sylvester/Sylvester Jr. cartoons to be more enjoyable than the later ones. In the earlier cartoons, Sylvester Jr. was quite sassy and straight-up compared to his more innocent persona of the late 50s and early 60s shorts. As such, they had quite a bit more spark. Unfortunately, this cartoon falls victim to being one of the latter shorts. Essentially, it is a Sylvester/Tweety cartoon with Tweety being replaced by the similar but less interesting Spike (who not only talks in whistles but also has that same "cute/innocent on the outside but sly and crafty on the inside" personality - albeit to less funny effect) and Sylvester Jr. simply standing there and watching. Save for may be the final gag, none of the jokes here are too terribly imaginative or funny, and the ending is too vague to really work as a punchline.

Overall, this is by no means a bad cartoon. It is, however, a clear example of the WB cartoon studio running out of creative steam, which of course lead to the closing of the studio just three years later.


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