Porky and Sylvester at their best!
Posted: July 19, 2013
...a yellow dog of a cowardly cat!
This is the original that Claws for Alarm was based on. This version has funnier lines and Porky is more sympathetic to Sylvester's plight in this one. This one seems to come up more often than Claws for Alarm, but they are both great!
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Posted: October 07, 2004
This is certainly not the first pairing of Porky and Sylvester. That distinction goes to Kitty Kornered. What does make this cartoon great is that Sylvester gets to stretch his pantomime skills. Under Jones competant guidance, we get to see Sylvester try to warn Porky of their impending doom through a series of "histrionic" jestures and complex facial expressions and tell the story way better than anyone else could with dialogue (one of Jones' specialties). Another great aspect of this cartoon is that the constuction is that of the best suspenseful drama or horror movies. The cinematography and the pace create an incrediblly cerebral atmosphere that could rival Hitchcock's best work really. All this and Sylvester's ability come together at the end to make an absolutely brilliant climax. Sylvester's expressions, the sun rise used for emphasis, and the music make for an ending that can blow anything away. Thankfully, this cartoon is available on the first wave of Looney Tunes dvds. I urge all to either buy a copy or, if you've already done so, rewatch this particular cartoon to see what I mean.
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Posted: December 10, 2003
Jones understood as much about Sylvester as he later would the Tom & Jerry characters: in either case, no grasp at all of their salient traits. Jones' most unforgivable sin here is robbing SYlvester of the gift of speech--this was an already-well-established character trait of the cat's...part of what makes him so funny. Why doesn't the cat just SAY TO the pig there's something behind him?!?
Worst of all is the plot resolution, where Jones (of all people) drags out two of the tiredest cliches in all cartoondom: he has Sylvester's "angel conscience" appear and tell him (with SIGNS, for God's sake) to save his master (I NEVER could connect with the notion of a humanized-animal having an animal-animal for a pet). FInally, Sylvester never having uttered a word, a mouse comes out of a cuckoo clock and utters the trite line, "Pussycats is the craziest peoples!"
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