Canary Row

Infobox Hollywood cartoon
cartoon_name = Canary Row
series = Merrie Melodies (Sylvester and Tweety)

caption = The title card of "Canary Row".
director = I. Freleng
story_artist = Tedd Pierce
animator = Virgil Ross Arthur Davis Emery Hawkins Gerry Chiniquy Ken Champin
voice_actor = Mel Blanc (Sylvester, Tweety, Doorman, Desk Clerk) Bea Benaderet (Granny)
layout_artist = Hawley Pratt
background_artist = Paul Julian
musician = Carl Stalling
producer = Eddie Selzer
distributor = Warner Bros.
The Vitaphone Corporation
release_date = October 7, 1950 (USA)
color_process = Technicolor
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 Bird and 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 binoculars to focus on the window opposite him, containing Tweety's cage. Tweety does the same (we see Sylvester's dark green eyes magnified enough to see the blood vessels in them, then Tweety's blue eyes – 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 Sylvester out (“And stay out, you alley cat!”). 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 paw in metronome rhythm to his “snack's” song. Only then does Tweety realize that Sylvester is watching him. He calls for help from Granny and 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 ball into 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 monkey across the street. He slips across the street and then, after luring the monkey away from his master with a banana, hits him (off-screen) in the head and 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 penny and he can't resist tipping his hat politely to her. Granny smacks him in the head with an umbrella and then exposes that she was actually fully aware that he was a deliberately-intruding cat who wanted to eat her canary rather 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 telephone ring. 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 discards 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 weight to 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 bell ringing 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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