Western Animation: King Size Canary
A landmark 1947 Tex Avery cartoon made during his MGM tenure during The Golden Age of Animation. This oneshot short is centered around a hungry cat who, in an attempt to get more meat out of a pea size canary snack ("Well... I'm sick."), pours a bottle of Jumbo Gro Plant Growth formula on him - only to make him grow to gargantuan proportions. The tables keep turning and turning as one of the other keeps drinking more of the formula as their battle continues. Obviously, Hilarity Ensues.The plot was recycled for the Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird short Hyde and Go Tweet in which Tweety Bird accidentally drank Dr. Jekyll's formula, much to Sylvester's confusion.
Tropes Used In This Short:
- Angry Guard Dog
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
- Born In The Theater: The mouse tells the cat that he will save his life. He knows because he's seen the cartoon before!
- Canis Major
- Chekhov's Gunman: The mouse the cat meets early the in short, who promises to save him later. He does.
- Escalating War: Between the cat and the canary. And then between the cat and the dog. And then between the cat and the mouse.
- Mega Neko
- Mouse Hole: A train tunnel is used as one later on in the short.
- No Fourth Wall:Mouse: Ladies and gentlemen, we're gonna have to end this picture. We just ran out of the stuff. Good night. (the cat and mouse wave to the audience until the Iris Out)
- Reading Ahead in the Script: The mouse already saw the very cartoon he's in, so he knows he'll save the cat in the end.
- Rodents of Unusual Size
- Serial Escalation: By the end, the characters have grown so massive that they are bigger than the planet they're standing on!
- Shout-Out: The mouse reads Lost Squeakend. note
- Simpleton Voice: The cat speaks with one.
- So What Do We Do Now?: Occurs when the cat and mouse run out of the formula and are stuck at the exact same size as each other.
- Tiny-Headed Behemoth: As the characters get bigger from drinking Jumbo-Gro plant food, their bodies become huge and bloated while their heads and limbs remain relatively small.