The Last Hungry Cat
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The Last Hungry Cat is a "Merrie Melodies" cartoon animated short starring Tweety and Sylvester. Released December 2, 1961, the cartoon is directed by Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt. The voices were performed by Mel Blanc and an un-credited June Foray and Ben Frommer who voiced the Alfred Hitchcock caricature.
|The Last Hungry Cat|
|Directed by||Friz Freleng|
|Produced by||David H. DePatie|
|Music by||Milt Franklyn|
|Animation by||Gerry Chiniquy |
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|December 2, 1961|
The cartoon is a parody of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and contains a plot similar to both Hitchcock's movie Blackmail and the previous cartoon short Birds Anonymous. The title is a play on the 1959 film The Last Angry Man.
The short opens with a shadow of a bear walking up to an outline silhouette of himself and, speaking in a quasi-Hitchcockian accent, announcing, "Tonight, we bring you a story about...murder."
The story opens with Sylvester waiting outside Granny's apartment as she puts Tweety to bed and goes to visit a neighbor. He then sneaks into the apartment and stacks a bunch of furniture to reach the bird cage, but the stack collapses and the fall knocks him out long enough for Tweety to escape. When he comes to, he finds one of Tweety's feathers in his mouth and mistakenly believes that he has eaten him. Hearing Granny returning, Sylvester runs out of the apartment and hides in a nearby alley.
The Hitchcock-bear (in off-screen narration) taunts Sylvester's success in finally eating Tweety, stating that he had to commit murder to do it, but Sylvester, breaking the fourth wall, laughs off the Hitchcock-bear's suggestion. But the Hitchcock-bear begins to play on Sylvester's nerves, suggesting that nobody will ever find out about it; then, when Sylvester sees a newspaper headline saying "Police Hunt The Cat" (actually a nickname for a suspect named Harry), he hides in a nearby house and attempts to get what he did off his mind, but to no avail. He tries to get some sleep but, after staying awake all night haunted by his guilt, jumps up screaming, runs into the bathroom and both swallows, and showers himself with, multiple sleeping pills, which also fail to help.
As Sylvester lies on the bathroom floor sobbing, the Hitchcock-bear suggests that he give himself up and accept the consequences; Sylvester agrees and runs through the alleys yelling "I did it! I'm guilty!" all the way back to Granny's apartment where he finds Tweety asleep in his cage, safe and sound. Overjoyed, Sylvester grabs the bird, kissing him over and over again, but when he is tempted and again tries to eat the bird, he is attacked by Granny, who chases him out of the apartment while hitting him with a broom. Tweety comments, "That puddy tat's gonna have an awful headache in da morning."
At the end, the Hitchcock-bear attempts to relate the moral of the story quoting Shakespeare, saying, "In the words of the Bard, 'conscience makes cowards of us all.'" Sylvester (off-screen) shouts "Ahhh, shaddup!" and hits him on the head with a brick. The Hitchcock-bear says "Good evening," then walks off with a lump on his head, the lump also having grown on his outline, as the cartoon fades out.
- "The Last Hungry Cat" can be found (uncensored and uncut) on the DVD collection Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3, and is also available on Looney Tunes Super Stars' Tweety & Sylvester: Feline Fwenzy.