Life with Feathers
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|Life with Feathers|
|Merrie Melodies/Sylvester series|
Lobby card for Life with Feathers.
|Directed by||Friz Freleng|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer|
|Story by||Tedd Pierce|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc|
|Music by||Carl W. Stalling|
|Animation by||Virgil Ross
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||March 24, 1945|
Life with Feathers is a 1945 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Friz Freleng and produced and released by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Short Film. This cartoon marks the first appearance of the then-unnamed cat Sylvester as well as the first of his many Academy Award nominations.
This is the final cartoon with the 1941-45 version of Merrily We Roll Along on opening credits.
The film centers on a heartbroken lovebird's decision to commit suicide after his marriage goes sour. He recruits a black cat (Sylvester) to eat him, but the suspicious cat thinks the bird is poison and refuses. For the rest of the film, the lovebird attempts to get Sylvester to eat him by persuasion, bribery, and force. The gag of a character wanting to be eaten and the cat refusing to is later repeated in the Hubie and Bertie cartoon Cheese Chasers. But the cartoon ends with the bird showing Sylvester lots of food from a cook book along with a radio (the more he saw the more he gets hungrier and skinnier at a time). The bird manages to convince him to eat him but before that moment, he got a telegram that said that his wife left him and he told Sylvester that he doesn't have to eat him. But before you know it, he changed his mind not to eat him, the bird manages to escape and get back home but when he closed the door, he changed her mind and the bird then wanted to commit suicide again, while looking for the cat on every window.
This cartoon was released, uncut, uncensored, and restored, with the Blue Ribbon reissue on Blu-ray on the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 3, on August 12, 2014.
- When the cartoon was shown on Cartoon Network and The WB, the part where the lovebird thinks of different ways to commit suicide after his wife throws him out was cut.
- Mel Blanc as Sylvester and Lovebird
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