Sylvester resolves to no longer eat birds, which
made me realize that I've never actually seen him in an act of bird-eating, or caveat to that: yes, he has put them in his mouth, even swallowed ones on occasion, but to my knowledge, has not followed through to point of digestion, except offscreen, if references here are to be believed.
Would graphic fowl consumption have been too much to hope for? Birds Anonymous won an Academy Award
for Best Cartoon. I wonder if any theatres re-booked it and advertised that
fact. Average cost of a Warner cartoon during the 1957-58 season was $25,942,
which seems economical until you consider exhibitor unwillingness to pay more
than pittance to book the things.Warners, like other companies, reasonably
felt that reissuing old reels was as good a policy as making new ones. Birds
Anonymous was another of little classics a genius crew was able to create in
waning days of theatrical animation, this directed by Friz Freling, who raised Tweety
and Sylvester to heights of expression. Fun to imagine Birds Anonymous maybe
playing initial runs on a bill with WB released Curse Of Frankenstein. What a
meeting of minds!