I wonder if anyone involved in making The Last Hungry Cat ever owned a cat. The premise is (for a Freleng cartoon) quite good. Sylvester is haunted–by an Alfred Hitchcock-like narrator–after he “eats” Tweetie. There are a couple big logic problems. The major one involves cats. They don’t have remorse. It’s absurd Sylvester would feel guilty.
The second problem is Sylvester’s apartment. He has his own pad, a cat living among people. It’s strange.
Otherwise, if one forgives the lazy Freleng backgrounds, it’s not bad. Mel Blanc has a field day with Sylvester’s guilty ramblings. Ben Frommer’s good as the interfering narrator too.
It’s a simple story and Freleng tells it precisely. Hungry never goes on too long. It’s a tightly paced narrative with a great noir feel.
I’m a little surprised Freleng directed such a strong cartoon. Hungry is the best work of his I’ve seen.
Directed by Hawley Pratt and Friz Freleng; written by David Detiege and John W. Dunn; animated by Gerry Chiniquy, Lee Halpern, Art Leonardi, Bob Matz and Virgil Ross; edited by Treg Brown; music by Milt Franklyn; produced by John W. Burton; released by Warner Bros.
Starring Mel Blanc (Sylvester / Tweety) and June Foray (Granny); narrated by Ben Frommer.
Posted in 1961, Animation, Color, Comedy, English, Family, Short, USA, Warner Bros.
Tagged Art Leonardi, Ben Frommer, Bob Matz, David Detiege, Friz Freleng, Gerry Chiniquy, Hawley Pratt, John W. Burton, John W. Dunn, June Foray, Lee Halpern, Mel Blanc, Milt Franklyn, Treg Brown, Virgil Ross
I’m missing why Speedy Gonzales is the good guy in Chili Weather. He’s trying to steal food (the theory being the factory has food so it should give food to his friends) and he tortures the guard cat.
If one got really creative, he or she could interpret Weather as commentary on the Mexican government starving its citizens while producing cheap goods for the United States. I’d love to read that interpretation, actually.
Speedy’s a bunch of stereotypes and whatnot, but he’s also an annoying jerk. Sylvester, as the guard cat, isn’t even a bad guy in Weather. He’s literally just doing his job.
It doesn’t help the animation is boring and Freleng’s one okay gag–Sylvester hopping on an ice block and melting it after soaking in Tabasco sauce–isn’t even original.
The plot doesn’t arc either, making Weather an abbreviated chase cartoon.
It’s fairly awful, except Blanc’s Sylvester.
Directed by Friz Freleng; written by John W. Dunn; animated by Gerry Chiniquy, Lee Halpern, Art Leonardi, Bob Matz and Virgil Ross; edited by Lee Gunther; music by William Lava; produced by David H. DePatie; released by Warner Bros.
Starring Mel Blanc (Speedy Gonzales / Sylvester / Mice).
Posted in 1963, Animation, Color, Comedy, English, Family, Short, USA, Warner Bros.
Tagged Art Leonardi, Bob Matz, David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng, Gerry Chiniquy, John W. Dunn, Lee Gunther, Lee Halpern, Mel Blanc, Virgil Ross, William Lava