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The Last Hungry Cat (1961)

Sylvester Cat slips when making a grab for Tweety Bird in Granny's flat, and falls dazed to the floor as one of Tweety's feathers lands in his mouth. Tweety runs off. Sylvester comes to and... See full summary »

Directors:

Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt (co-director)

Writers:

David Detiege (story) (as Dave Detiege), John W. Dunn (story) (as John Dunn)
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Cast

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

Sylvester Cat slips when making a grab for Tweety Bird in Granny's flat, and falls dazed to the floor as one of Tweety's feathers lands in his mouth. Tweety runs off. Sylvester comes to and finds the feather lodged between his lips. He thinks he has swallowed and killed Tweety and suffers terrible remorse as an Alfred Hitchcock-like voice-over chides him for his "crime". Sylvester cracks, runs into the streets confessing, and returns to Granny's place, where he finds he didn't eat Tweety after all. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Último Gato Faminto See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only theatrical Warner Brothers cartoon that made a reference to Alfred Hitchcock. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hitchcock-type Narrator: Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, we bring you a story about murder.
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Crazy Credits

After being hit in the head, by Sylvester, throwing something and hitting Hitchcock, his shadow leaves, but with a bump on his head. See more »


Soundtracks

Lucky Day
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Played when Sylvester finds Tweety sleeping in his cage
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While not quite among the very best Sylvester and Tweety cartoons it's by far the best of the post-Hyde and Go Tweet cartoons
13 April 2015 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Sylvester and Tweety cartoons while enjoyable as an overall series are inconsistent in quality, there are a handful of great ones and a few lacking ones. The Last Hungry Cat is not quite among the classics but it is one of their better later cartoons and the best of the post-Hyde and Go Tweet(the last "great" cartoon of theirs) cartoons that even non-fans are likely to find something to like.

Some of the second half gets slightly silly and a touch slack pace-wise(compared to the rest of the cartoon) and there are a couple of rough-looking backgrounds, but that's pretty much it for the (minor) flaws. The animation on the whole is absolutely great with a very hauntingly atmospheric noir-ish look to it, it's crisply drawn and some of it even very inventive. One of the better and more interesting looking Sylvester and Tweety cartoons from personal opinion. The music score is lively and vibrantly orchestrated with an appropriate eeriness that pulsates with suspense, in perfect keeping with the Hitchcockian vibe the cartoon has.

The Last Hungry Cat is very funny, with razor-sharp and witty dialogue and inventive gags, and some parts are creepy and suspenseful too without being overly so, considering that it parodies Hitchcock and his famous show Alfred Hitchcock Presents and noir-ish approach this worked absolutely brilliantly. It's also story-wise one of the most inventive and clever of the Sylvester and Tweety series and one of the most tightly paced as well. The characters do a great job carrying the cartoon, Tweety is barely in it but this is a case where it didn't harm The Last Hungry Cat at all because the premise gave him a reason to not be, in some of his later cartoons he had a tendency to be a plot-device with very little to do or funny but not here. The bear parodying Hitchcock is a lot of fun and the interaction between him and Sylvester is a joy but Sylvester makes the biggest impression. He was always a hugely entertaining and interesting character and here is no exception and I felt genuinely sorry for him here as well, more so than many of his other cartoons. Mel Blanc is as always fantastic, and Ben Frommer does a more than serviceable Hitchcock impression.

All in all, not quite a Sylvester and Tweety classic but one of their better later ones and the strongest of the post-Hyde and Go Tweet cartoons. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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