Canned Feud

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Canned Feud
Directed byI. Freleng
Produced byEddie Selzer (uncredited)
Story byWarren Foster
Cal Howard
StarringMel Blanc
Marian Richman
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byVirgil Ross
Ken Champin
Arthur Davis
Manuel Perez
John Carey
Jack Farren (assistant animator)
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
February 3, 1951 (USA)
Running time
7 minutes

Canned Feud is a 1951 Looney Tunes (reissued in the opening as a Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies cartoon from 1958) animated short featuring Sylvester.


Sylvester's owners, Sam and Violet, go on vacation to California, forgetting to put him outside. Sylvester abruptly notices this, finding that he is locked inside an empty house devoid of food with no milk being delivered for two weeks. He finds a cupboard full of canned tuna and cat food, but discovers that he also needs a can opener. He seemingly cannot find one, until he sees a mouse named David with it. Sylvester begs for David to give it to him, but David throws it into his hole. Sylvester frantically tries and fails to retrieve it and David saunters away. Sylvester angrily gives chase and crashes into the mouse hole.

Sylvester tries vainly to open a can of tuna by beating it against the floor and jumping on it. When this doesn't work he tries to chop it with an axe, but just as he swings, the axe blade flies off the handle and out through the mail slot. David continues to taunt Sylvester & tosses the can opener out into the open, but Sylvester ends up crashing into the wall again. Next, Sylvester tries using an unbent metal coat hanger to retrieve the can opener, however David hooks it to a live wire and Sylvester receives an electric shock causing his fur to fry off. Sylvester then sets up to drop a piano on the can, just before David taunts him again with offers for the can opener, prompting Sylvester to release his hold on the rope and dropping on himself. An attempt to cut a larger hole around David's hole is foiled (in similar manner to a Bugs and Daffy shotgun routine) by David cutting a hole beneath Sylvester's feet causing him to fall into the basement.

A dynamite attempt predictably backfires after the mouse inflates and pops a paper bag, making Sylvester think the dynamite had already gone off, only to have the explosive go off in his face. His following attempt, involving a vacuum, results in Sylvester being sucked in, along with hot coal from the fireplace, and clumsily tumbling down into the basement while trying to hit David with a golf club. However, the angrily persistent cat (thinking that that's the last straw) returns with an armful of dynamite and fireworks which blows prematurely as he's lighting the fuse, resulting in a tremendous explosion. Regardless, he does finally recover the can opener in the process. Going to the cupboard and cheering "I got it!" along the way, he finds that David has now locked it and has the key. Sylvester lets out a cry of frustration and faints while David twirls the key.


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