Posted: March 26, 2005
worth the oscar
This is probably the defining cartoon in Sylvester's career. At the B.A. rally, you could almost feel his pride as he gave up birds. You could almost feel his torment and exhaustion as he couldn't sleep. He stole the show in this performance, and is definately worthy of the oscar.
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Posted: October 07, 2004
I would just like to say that Sylvester is the Spencer Tracy of cartoon characters. He can play both a bully and a victim amiably, sometimes in the same cartoon. The Oscar winning film "Birds Anonymous" is proof positive of that."
There's a good reason for this cartoon to win an Oscar. It seems that all the Sylvester & Tweety cartoons were building up to this moment.
The toon starts of with a Hitchcock-inspired opening of Sylvester trying to catch Tweety in a dark room. However, right at the moment of payoff, and softspoken cat opens a window and tells Sylvester of the dangers of bird addiction. The next day, both cats are at a Birds Anonymous meeting in a back alley and with their help, Sylvester has given up birds forever. However, when he gets home, he finds that easier said than done. His emotional state as he tries to resist eating Tweety is nothing short of phenomenally good. Even Sir Anthony Hopkins could learn a thing or two from this performance. Near the end when Sylvester breaks down from the stress of it all and cries "...after all I am a pussy cat!" that pretty much solidified the Oscar nod in his direction. This performance was so good that he followed it up in another great Sylvester classic The Last Hungry Cat which features a Hitchcock figure tormenting Sylvester this time.
Thus, Sylvester became one of the most richest, fully-realised, complicated, sympathetic characters of all time with this cartoon. Truly, the greatest performance of his career. Will he or any other character be able to follow it? Only time will tell. (Although, I'm sure time is saying "Aint gonna happen.")
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Posted: February 01, 2004
Every person connected with this cartoon gave it his all (certainly Mel Blanc, whose improvisations during Sylvester's big outburst were wisely left in by director Freleng), but one man's effort perhaps stands out above all: animator Virgil Ross, who executed all the really memorable dialogue scenes (virtually the WHOLE film).
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