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The Cagey Canary is a 1941 Merrie Melodies short intended to be directed by Tex Avery but instead finished by Bob Clampett.


A cat tries to catch a canary, but he is stopped by Granny and she threatens to throw him out in the rain. The cat tries some devious tricks to get the bird, but he is always interrupted by the canary's whistle. The canary even gets the cat to whistle by showing him a picture of a pretty girl. The canary taunts the cat while flying to and from his cage, but the cat is waiting for him, and the canary escapes. In desperation, the cat puts ear muffs on Granny while she is sleeping. The canary tries whistling but to no avail, so he makes all sorts of noises before hitting the cat with a wall ironing board, allowing the canary to remove the earmuffs from Granny. Finally, the cat has had enough, so he lets himself out in the rain. The canary is victorious, but his victory doesn't last as Granny wakes and is angry. The frightened canary flies out in the rain too. Left all alone in a barrel with the cat, the canary asks if anyone is interested in a homeless cat and canary.




  • This cartoon features a cat and bird pairing before the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons.
  • This was one of the three cartoons that Tex Avery planned to make in 1941, but were completed by Bob Clampett in the end due to his departure. The other two cartoons are "Aloha Hooey" and "Crazy Cruise".
    • This is the first cartoon Bob Clampett directed using Tex Avery's unit.
  • The cartoon's original opening and ending titles were cut when reissued in 1947, however, the original titles are known to exist.
  • Despite the discovery of the cartoon's original titles, the restored version on HBO Max instead uses the Blue Ribbon reissue titles, possibly because the original opening stock audio is lost.



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