Infobox Hollywood cartoon
cartoon_name = Canary Row
Merrie Melodies(Sylvester and Tweety)
caption = The title card of "Canary Row".
director = I. Freleng
animator = Virgil Ross Arthur Davis Emery Hawkins Gerry Chiniquy Ken Champin
Mel Blanc(Sylvester, Tweety, Doorman, Desk Clerk) Bea Benaderet(Granny)
The Vitaphone Corporation
October 7, 1950(USA)
runtime = 7 minutes
movie_language = English
imdb_id = 0042304
"Canary Row" is a 1949
Warner Bros." Merrie Melodies" short, released in 1950 and directed by Friz Freleng, written by Tedd Pierce, and starring Tweety Birdand Sylvester. This is the first Sylvester and Tweety cartoon to feature Granny.
From his room in a building belonging to the “
Bird-Watchers' Society,” Sylvester employs binocularsto focus on the windowopposite him, containing Tweety's cage. Tweety does the same (we see Sylvester's dark green eyes magnified enough to see the bloodvessels in them, then Tweety's blueeyes – but lacking blood vessels). Tweety puts his binoculars down and says his catch phrase, “I tawt I taw a puddy tat!” Then he replaces his binoculars to confirm – and, indeed, “I did! I DID taw a puddy tat!”
Sylvester jumps for joy and runs down the stairs in his building to the
building Tweety is in (the Broken Arms Apartment Building), but fails to notice the sign banning cats and dogs from the building. This results in a confrontation with the guard just inside the door, who kicks Sylvesterout (“And stay out, you alleycat!”). From the garbage cans across the street, Sylvester decries the doorman as a spoilsport.
Next, Sylvester climbs up the drainpipe of the Broken Arms Apartment Building while Tweety sings a song about
angels. Behind Tweety and off- camera, Sylvester swings a pawin metronomerhythm to his “snack's” song. Only then does Tweety realize that Sylvester is watching him. He calls for help from Grannyand jumps out of his cage; Sylvester chases him through the room. However, Granny is ready for him. She throws him out the window and, looking down on him, snarls, “I sure hope that'll teach ya! Because next time I'll give you what for, and don't say I didn't warn you!” Tweety joins in the scolding: “Bad ol' puddy tat!”
Sylvester paces around the door, then gets an idea: to climb up "in" the drainpipe. Instead of getting scared again, Tweety now drops a
bowling ballinto the drainpipe. The heavy ball collides with Sylvester – and he swallows it! He frantically attempts to stop himself from rolling into “Champin's Bowling Alley” (a reference to animator Ken Champin), but to no avail. Sounds of bowling pins dropping emanate from said building.
Now Sylvester attempts to come up with a new plan for consumption of Tweety. He then notices a street busker with a
monkeyacross the street. He slips across the streetand then, after luring the monkey away from his master with a banana, hits him (off-screen) in the headand manages to pass himself off as said monkey to the busker. Tweety isn't fooled, though, realizing that “OH! Here comes that pussy cat again!” (or, in Tweety's usual diction, “OH! Here tum dat puddy tat adain!”) Sylvester enters Granny's room chasing Tweety, but has to stop running after him outright when Granny notices him. He now tries (without much success) to surreptitiously look for and eat Tweety. His attempt to pass himself off as a monkey is ruined when Granny gives him a pennyand he can't resist tipping his hatpolitely to her. Granny smacks him in the head with an umbrellaand then exposes that she was actually fully aware that he was a deliberately-intruding cat who wanted to eat her canaryrather than a legitimately in-business monkey whose busker master was trying to make a living.
Next, Sylvester manages to gain access to the desk clerk's office undetected (how he did so is unknown) and hears the
telephonering. Angrily, the desk clerk picks it up, but is professionally calm and polite when talking to Granny. Eavesdropping on them, Sylvester hears that Granny is checking out of Room 158, and that she wants someone to pick up Tweety and her luggage. This gives Sylvester the idea he wants. Cut to a shot of Sylvester knocking on Granny's door. Granny opens it a crack and asks Sylvester what he's doing, to which Sylvester replies in his lisping voice, “Your bags, Madame.” Granny answers, “OK, they're behind the door. I'll see you in the lobby.”
Sylvester enters Room 158 and picks up Granny's suitcases and Tweety's cage. He carries them all out into the hall, then dis
cards the suitcase and carries the cage down the stairs to the rear of the apartment building. There, he walks into the alley and opens the cage, expecting to enjoy Tweety – but Granny is in the cage! She hits Sylvester with her umbrella several times in rapid succession (See “Censorship” for details).
Sylvester next tries to swing over to Tweety's window (Granny had obviously opted to stay), and uses all manner of scientific methods to ensure that he doesn't let Tweety slip by him again. However, he misjudges something that forces him to crash into the wall next to the drainpipe. Tweety remarks that Sylvester will hurt himself more badly unless he's more careful.
Next, Sylvester drags a
box, a plank and a 500- pound weightto the point at the base of the apartment building that is in a direct vertical line with Tweety's window. He supports the plank with the box in the middle, stands on one end of the plank and heaves the weight onto the other end. This propels him up to Tweety's level and enables him to snatch the tiny bird. However, as he runs off, the weight lands hard on his head.
Finally, Sylvester's pacing stops quite abruptly when he notices the electric air
trolley wires over his head. He crosses the street, climbs the supporting pole and walks the wires across to the Broken Arms Apartment Building. However, he has to get out of the way when he hears the bellringing to signal the approach of a trolley. His feet aren't quick enough to evade the trolley, and he is electrocuted several times – as the trolley pursues him! The driver is shown to be ... Tweety, who again says, “I tawt I taw a puddy tat!” And Granny, who is sitting next to him, agrees with him: “You did, you DID! You "DID" taw a putty tat!” The cartoon irises out as the trolley shocks Sylvester one more time.
* The ABC version removed all but the first shot of Granny hitting Sylvester with her umbrella in the alley, and shortened the many times Sylvester gets electrocuted by the trolley car as he's running on the wires.
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