SANDY CLAWS (1954)
Article 5320 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Friz Freleng
Featuring the voices of Mel Blanc and Bea Benaderet
What it is: Tweety cartoon
Tweety gets stranded on a rock outcropping on the beach when the tide comes in. Sylvester pretends to be a life guard to cover up his real reason for trying to save the bird.
As far as fantastic content goes, we have the anthropomorphic animals on display, but nothing beyond that. That being said, this is a pretty standard Tweety cartoon that benefits from a cute gimmick; having Sylvester mistaken for a hero rather than a predator adds a little bit more novelty to the plot line. The best gags take place in the fishing scene near the beginning and at a point where Granny tries to bring Sylvester out of a faint by throwing a bucket of water on him; the punch line on the latter is probably the most memorable thing about the short. This one was nominated for an Oscar, though I’d hardly call it one of Warner’s best efforts.