Strife with Father

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Strife with Father
Merrie Melodies series
Directed by Robert McKimson
Produced by Edward Selzer
Story by Warren Foster
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Emery Hawkins
Charles McKimson
Phil DeLara
Rod Scribner
J.C. Melendez
Layouts by Cornett Wood
Backgrounds by Richard H. Thomas
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) April 1, 1950
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:15
Language English

Strife with Father is a 1950 Merrie Melodies animated film directed by Robert McKimson, released in 1950, starring voice actor Mel Blanc as Beaky Buzzard.


A buzzard egg is mysteriously delivered to two sparrows, Gwendolyn and Monte. The "upper crusty" and very proper English Sparrows are not accustomed to having a repulsively ugly (and incredibly stupid) little bird about, but Gwendolyn convinces her husband that the baby bird will grow into a "beautiful swan". Unfortunately, as the narrator tells us, the little ugly bird grows into a very large ugly bird. Monte cannot even stand hearing the name of their "progeny", particularly when eating. But nonetheless, he takes Beaky out into the world to demonstrate the art of hunting for prey, such as barnyard fowl. Of course Beaky, being incredibly shy and inept, repeatedly causes many grievous injuries to Monte, and it is all Monte can do to salvage what little self-respect remains.


Strife with Father is available restored with its original titles on Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2.

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