BIRDY AND THE BEAST (1944)
Article 5247 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Robert Clampett
Featuring the voices of Mel Blanc and Robert Clampett
What it is: Tweety cartoon
A tiny bird finds himself threatened by a hungry cat, but the bird isn’t exactly helpless…
In terms of its fantastic content, this cartoon is the usual thing – anthropomorphic animals performing impossible gags. It is only the second of the Tweety cartoons, and though part of his character is already in place (the bizarre speech impediment, for example), it still isn’t quite the Tweety of the later cartoons; he’s pink rather than yellow (making him look like he’s been plucked), and the character hasn’t quite developed the unflappable innocence he has in the later cartoons; he sometimes shows that he’s fully aware of the damage he’s doing. Nor has he yet been paired with Sylvester; though the black and white cat here bears a certain resemblance to him, he is clearly a different character. The action is a bit wilder than your usual Tweety cartoon, mostly due to the fact that this one is from Robert Clampett rather than Friz Freleng. It’s a good cartoon, but it is a transitional one, and is best taken as such.