“What’s she in love with anyway, a DC6?”
Directed by Chuck Jones. Released in 1957
It’s 2016 and I’m still here. There are hundreds of shorts still, so let’s not waste any time!
At an airport a cat (although she looks more like a kitten to me) gazes longingly at the runway. A guy takes notice of her an asks another what she is doing. Apparently, she is waiting for her boyfriend. Wait, what now? The second man tells of how there was an eagle with an overdeveloped motherly instinct. So powerful, that she’d rather raise a kitten as her own rather than eat it. She’s also smart enough to realize he’s a mammal, as she brings him milk to eat. (Birds are kinda lacking in the milk department. Unless you’re a pigeon.) She even tries teaching him to fly. While he plummets at first, he finds if he wags his tail enough, he can fly, he can fly, he can fly! The two love each other very much, but as nature intended, he must eventually leave the nest. (Don’t cry Miss eagle. I’m sure you’ll find a human baby you can raise) He flies on and lands on a telephone wire to try and chat with some (tweeting?) crows. They fly off in a panic. Either it’s that moment where he realizes he’s no bird, or his hormones kick in, because he sees another cat being chased by… Marc Antony? (I can’t confirm or deny it’s him, but I’m going to say it is. Otherwise it breaks my “character must have appeared in 5 shorts to get an article” rule. And after that McKimson mess last summer, I’d rather not have any more mistakes.) Flying, he both scratches Marc and takes the cat up a tree to be safe. It’s love at first sight! (Names? Uh, how about Swoop and Amber?) Swoop isn’t done messing with Marc though and flies down as the dog begins to charge. Despite the fact she just saw him fly, Amber freaks out. Obviously, there’s no need to worry. Swoop leaps up to scratch again and Marc skids into a lake. He sneaks out to surprise the cat. (I still think they look like kittens, frankly) Amber sees this and tries to warn her savior, but he seems too entranced by her beauty to move. (That happened to me with a chicken once. She filed a restraining order) But Swoop seems on top of things, as he flies out of the scuffle, leaving Marc chewing his own leg. He tries to club the cat, which is on his head. Naturally he keeps hitting himself. Eventually, he traps the cat under a trash can. He thinks he’s won, but he doesn’t notice that the cat is somehow strong enough to lift the can with a bulldog on top and leave it atop a skyscraper. The dog can’t sit still as he must keep balance. Come night he’s still there. (That’s harsh. You couldn’t have just landed him in a pound?) The couple takes a moonlight stroll and gaze into each other’s eyes. The story ending, the man says that every year the cat flies south. (Umm… most Eagles don’t migrate, and those that do wouldn’t have such a simple migration path.) Oh, who am I to ruin this moment. The happiness on Amber’s face is more than precious as Swoop returns. She’s not the only one happy to see him though. Their children (who inherited or learned their father’s flight) are too. (He’s still her boyfriend though. It’s not like cats mate for life.) The happy couple gazes into each other’s eyes again and their offspring do the same to one another. (uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh… Please tell me they’re just imitating them since they are young. Otherwise this is probably the most disturbing short I’ve yet to see. Animals or not, I don’t want them inbreeding.)
Personal Rating: 3