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King-Size Canary (1947)

A mangy cat on the verge of starvation finds a tiny canary and a bottle of 'Jumbo-Gro' fertilizer, which gives him an idea that leads to giant cats, dogs, mice and canaries chasing each other round Lilliputian towns and cities...

Director:

Tex Avery

Writer:

Heck Allen (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ... Cat (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham Frank Graham ... Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A mangy cat on the verge of starvation finds a tiny canary and a bottle of 'Jumbo-Gro' fertilizer, which gives him an idea that leads to giant cats, dogs, mice and canaries chasing each other round Lilliputian towns and cities...

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Certificate:

Approved
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kanariefågeln som växte See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In animation historian Jerry Beck's 1994 poll of animators, film historians and directors, this cartoon was rated the tenth greatest cartoon of all time. See more »

Quotes

[last line and scenery]
Mouse: Ladies and gentlemen, we're gonna have to end this picture. We just ran out of the stuff. Good night.
[after this quote, spoken by the mouse, the cat and mouse are at equal height on top of Earth, they have an arm on the neck of each other in friendship and both begin waving farewell to viewers, just before the closing credits' music begin]
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Connections

Referenced in Behind the Tunes: A Conversation with Tex Avery (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn
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A Must-Be-Seen-To-Be-Believed Masterpiece
12 August 2000 | by tbrittreidSee all my reviews

Of Tex Avery's three masterpieces, "King-Size Canary" is the best of the lot. (In case you're wondering, the other two are "Who Killed Who?" and "Red Hot Riding Hood," both 1943.) This has to be seen to be believed, let alone appreciated. I once tried to describe it to a friend, one who admitted affection for Chuck Jones' Bugs/Daffy/Elmer hunting trilogy from Warner Bros., and failed miserably to do it justice. The insanity builds from a merely amusing opening to a mind-boggling yet inevitable finale, an image that will stay with you for some time after the fade-out.


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