Canned Feud

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Canned Feud
Looney Tunes (Sylvester) series
Directed by I. Freleng
Produced by Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Story by Warren Foster
Cal Howard
Voices by Mel Blanc
Marian Richman
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Virgil Ross
Ken Champin
Arthur Davis
Manuel Perez
John Carey
Jack Farren (assistant animator)
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) February 3, 1951 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes
Language English

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. Fortunately, 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. He begs David to give it, but for some reason David throws it into his hole. Sylvester frantically tries and fails to retrieve it and David casually walks away. Sylvester angrily gives chase and crashes into David's hole while trying to catch him.

Sylvester tries vainly to open the 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 when he's about to swing the blade flies off and goes out through the mail slot. David throws the can opener out into the open, giving Sylvester a chance to retrieve it but he fails when David grabs it and runs back into his hole, causing Sylvester to crash 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 he receives an electric shock when the wire touches another wire. Sylvester then sets up a piano to drop on the can, just before David offers the can opener, prompting Sylvester to release his hold on the rope attached to the piano, thereby crushing him. He then attempts to cut a larger hole in the wall to enter David's home, but is foiled (in similar manner to a Bugs and Daffy shotgun routine) by David cutting the floor beneath Sylvester's feet.

His next attempt involves dynamite, which predictably backfires after David inflates and pops a paper bag making him think the dynamite had already blown. 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 it is now locked and David for some reason has the key. Sylvester lets out a cry of frustration and faints while David merely shrugs and twirls the key.


Mel Blanc as Sylvester, Sam and David's whistle

Marian Richman as Violet (uncredited)

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