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Western Animation / The Jet Cage

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"Hewwo, puddy tat, how do you wike my new cage?"
“Now your canary can fly around in his own back yard without leaving the security of his cage. At your corner pet shop, $12,95.”
Newspaper advertisement for the Flying Bird Cage

The Jet Cage is a 1962 Looney Tunes short staring Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird. It was directed by Friz Freleng.

Tweety longs to fly outside with the other birds, but due to being small and helpless, he'd be easy prey for Sylvester. Fortunately, Granny discovers an ad for new jet cages, allowing Tweety to fly outside while still being protected by a cage. Sylvester is undeterred by this and fully intends to get his claws on Tweety, no matter what he has to go through.

Also of note, composer Milt Franklyn died during production, leaving only the first third of the cartoon scored. His replacement, William Lava, finished the score — beginning with Sylvester climbing into a tree with a butterfly net — uncredited.


"Piwot to bomba'dier! Piwot to bomba'dier! Twopes away!":

  • And the Adventure Continues: The cartoon ends with Sylvester bandaged after failing to catch Tweety. However, he remains undeterred as he intends to become a flyer himself to give Tweety a run for his money.
  • Ash Face: When the Nike rocket explodes in the barrel in which Sylvester takes refuge.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: At the end of the cartoon, a bandaged Sylvester heads into a United States Air Force training facility to earn his wings.
    Sylvester: And when I do, watch out, bird.
  • Bowdlerization: The ABC version of this cartoon cut the part where Sylvester builds a Nike rocket in order to catch Tweety.
  • End of an Era: Milt Franklyn passed away during the production of this cartoon, and William Lava took over to finish composing the music.
  • Advertisement:
  • Oh, Crap!: When Sylvester throws away the flaps after Tweety tells him his hands are full. One look at the fields below is all it takes...
  • Standard Snippet: This marks the last appearance of Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" in a classic Looney Tunes cartoon.
  • Suddenly Speaking: Sylvester doesn't speak until the part where he catches up to Tweety's cage while working with ping pong racquet-shaped flaps.
  • Trap Door: How Tweety uses the hatch on the cage Sylvester is crouching over to dispose of him (while it is flying over a brook).
  • Watch Out for That Tree!: Or rather, Chandelier, as Granny yells out.
  • What a Drag: When Sylvester casts a fishing line with a magnet attached, it manages to catch the base of the cage. However, after a very slow and sputtering start, Tweety is able to bust a move and drag Sylvester through the streets of town. Ends after a head-on collision with a tram, the crash of which is not shown but which (with the line being shown limping straight down) Tweety was clearly privy to.

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