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|director=[[Chuck Jones|Charles M. Jones]]
'''''Claws for Alarm''''' is a 1954 ''[[Merrie Melodies]]'' cartoon, directed by [[Chuck Jones]] and produced and released by [[Warner Brothers]]. It was the second of three cartoons teaming [[Porky Pig]] and [[Sylvester]] (continuing his non-speaking role as Porky's cat) in a spooky setting where only Sylvester is aware of the danger the pair are in. The other two films in the series are ''[[Scaredy Cat]]'' (1948) and ''[[Jumpin' Jupiter]]'' (1955).
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|story_artist=[[Michael Maltese]]
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|animator(s)=[[Ken Harris]]<br>Lloyd Vaughan<br>[[Abe Levitow]]<br>[[Richard Thompson (animator)|Richard Thompson]]<br>[[Ben Washam]]
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|voice_actor=[[Mel Blanc]]
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|musician=[[Carl Stalling]]
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|layout_artist=[[Maurice Noble]]
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|background_artist=Philip DeGuard
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|producer=[[Edward Selzer]]
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|distributor=[[Warner Bros. Pictures]]<br>[[The Vitaphone Corporation]]
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|release date=May 22, 1954 (USA)
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|color process=[[Technicolor]]
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|runtime=7 minutes
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|movie language=[[English]]
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'''''Claws for Alarm''''' is a 1954 ''[[Merrie Melodies]]'' cartoon, directed by [[Chuck Jones]] and produced and released by [[Warner Bros. Pictures]]. It was the second of three cartoons teaming [[Porky Pig]] and [[Sylvester (Looney Tunes)|Sylvester the cat]] (continuing his non-speaking role as Porky's cat) in a spooky setting where only Sylvester is aware of the danger the pair are in. The other two films in the series are ''[[Scaredy Cat]]'' (1948) and ''[[Jumpin' Jupiter]]'' (1955).
   
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
Porky and Sylvester are driving to Albuquerque, New Mexico (home of [[Bugs Bunny]]'s famous "left turn" and also their destination in ''[[Jumpin' Jupiter]]'' (1955)) when Porky decides to stop for the night at the hotel in Dry Gulch; actually a ghost town, a fact which sends Sylvester to trembling, but which Porky seems oblivious to. As in "[[Scaredy Cat]]," Sylvester alone is alert to the danger from murderous mice that have taken up residence in the hotel. Unlike the previous cartoon, however, the mice are (mostly) unseen, except for tiny, malevolent pairs of eyes in dark corners (and the moose heads over the main desk and Porky's bed). No matter; Porky declares it to be "a perfectly splendid place to spend the night" and checks in.
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Porky and Sylvester are driving to [[Albuquerque, New Mexico]], then Porky decides to stop for the night at the hotel in Dry Gulch; actually a ghost town. Sylvester alone is alert to the danger from murderous mice that have taken up residence in the hotel. Unlike the previous cartoon, however, the mice are (mostly) unseen, except for tiny, malevolent pairs of eyes in dark corners (and the moose heads over the main desk and Porky's bed). No matter; Porky checks in with a few small scares for Sylvester.
   
The mice, meanwhile, do everything they can to kill and/or scare Porky and Sylvester. (In one scene, the mice are seen in silhouette beneath a sheet, standing on each others shoulders as they appear to the frightened cat to be a ghost.) As always, Porky does not see the danger until Sylvester has chased the mice away, leaving him holding the bag—or, in one case, the noose the mice have dropped around Porky's neck, which the cat has just pushed Porky out of the way of. Porky demands to know why Sylvester shoved him, leading to one of the film's funnier sequences as Sylvester pantomimes the moose head and the noose dropping from it. Porky then declares the cat to be a "c-cow-eh-c-cow-eh- you great yellow cat, you!" (later asking, "is th-there any, uh, in-eh-insanity in your family?") and Sylvester soldiers on all night, guarding his master with a shotgun he earlier wrestled away from the mice.
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The mice do what they can to kill and/or scare Porky and Sylvester. As always, Porky does not see the danger until Sylvester has chased the mice away, leaving him holding the bag—or, in one case, the noose the mice have dropped around Porky's neck, which the cat has just pushed Porky out of the way of. Porky demands to know why Sylvester shoved him, leading to Sylvester mimicking the moose head and the noose dropping from it. The moose head begins to follow Porky up the stairs, with a shotgun out of its mouth and tries to shoot Porky. Sylvester fights with the moose and Porky scolds him.
   
Dawn finally breaks, ridding the ghosts out of the hotel, ending the bleary-eyed cat's vigil as Porky awakes: "Eh, this r-really is a r-restful place. I think we should stay here a w-week to t-ten days and get really rested up!" This is the last straw for Sylvester, who (off-screen) clubs Porky over the head with the shotgun butt while he is freshening up and singing "Home on the Range," leaving him stuck on the first verse like a needle skipping on a record ("Oh, give me a home, where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope (WHAM!!), and the deer and the antelope, and the deer and the antelope pl-pl, and the deer and the antelope pl-pl, and the deer..."). Sylvester, meanwhile loads the car with the luggage and Porky and speeds away from the hotel. After a last look back, Sylvester breathes a sigh of relief—not seeing the pairs of eyes blinking from the speedometer as the film closes.
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Porky enters vacant room 13 where Sylvester is still watching for any imminent danger. Suddenly, a noose comes from the ceiling and almost strangles Porky. Sylvester grabs a razor and cuts the noose. Porky who felt that sees Sylvester with the noose and the razor asks what he is doing with them. Sylvester sees a mouse (which closely resembles Wile E.) with a large kitchen knife. The mouse swoops down and cuts a line of hair on Sylvester's back. Porky, humiliated and furious with the shenanigans forces Sylvester to go out. Sylvester sees a ghost but the moonlight reveals that the "ghost" is just the mice standing on each other's shoulders under a white sheet. Nevertheless, Sylvester runs back inside but Porky only sees another white bed sheet covering a chair. He pulls the sheet off and Sylvester mimes that he saw a ghost. Porky still doesn't believe him but suggests that Sylvester sleep with him. Sylvester then soldiers on all night, guarding his master with a shotgun he earlier wrestled away from the mice.
   
==Commentary==
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Dawn finally breaks, with good riddance to those ghost mice, ending the bleary-eyed cat's vigil as Porky awakes, but Porky wants to continue to stay. This is the last straw for Sylvester, who clubs Porky over the head with the shotgun butt while he is freshening up and singing "[[Home on the Range]]," leaving him stuck on the "and the deer and the antelope play" line like a needle skipping on a record. Sylvester, meanwhile loads the car with the luggage and Porky and speeds away from the hotel. After a last look back, Sylvester breathes a sigh of relief—not seeing the pairs of eyes blinking from the speedometer as the film closes.
Some cartoon buffs view ''Claws for Alarm'' as the creepiest and darkest of the trio of cartoons centered on Porky and Sylvester's weird vacations, noting the simpler drawings and the almost never-seen mice. Emru Townsend, writing for the online animation magazine ''Frames Per Second'', lists ''Claws'' as one of his favorites for [[Halloween]], and comments: "''Claws for Alarm'' makes the cut for Halloween because, unlike in the other two cartoons, the sense of fear and dread comes in from the very first frame." Townsend also cites the "true horror-movie fashion" of the ending, where the "monsters" are not completely vanquished.<ref>''Frames Per Second'', Oct. 27 2007</ref>
 
   
==Cameos==
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==Reception==
At about 4 minutes into the cartoon, a mouse resembling a miniature [[Wile E. Coyote]] (a Chuck Jones creation) can be seen with a knife, about to swing down at Porky.
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Some cartoon buffs view ''Claws for Alarm'' as the creepiest and darkest of the trio of cartoons centered on Porky's and Sylvester's weird vacations, noting the simpler drawings and the almost never-seen mice. Emru Townsend, writing for the online animation magazine ''Frames Per Second'', lists ''Claws'' as one of his favorites for [[Halloween]], and comments: "''Claws for Alarm'' makes the cut for Halloween because, unlike in the other two cartoons, the sense of fear and dread comes in from the very first frame." Townsend also cites the "true horror-movie fashion" of the ending, where the "monsters" are not completely vanquished.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.fpsmagazine.com/blog/2007/10/halloween-cartoons-5-claws-for-alarm.php|title=Hallowe'en Cartoons #5: Claws for Alarm|author=Townsend, Emru|work=Frames Per Second|date=October 27, 2007|accessdate=August 24, 2012}}</ref>
   
 
==Censorship==
 
==Censorship==
Much like ''[[Scaredy Cat]]'' and (to a lesser extent) ''Jumpin' Jupiter'', ''Claws for Alarm'' has been shown edited on television (http://looney.goldenagecartoons.com/ltcuts/ltcutsc.html):
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Much like ''[[Scaredy Cat]]'' and (to a lesser extent) ''Jumpin' Jupiter'', ''Claws for Alarm'' has been shown edited on television:<ref>http://looney.goldenagecartoons.com/ltcuts/c/</ref>
* On [[Columbia Broadcasting System|CBS]] and [[American Broadcasting Corporation|ABC]], the scene where Sylvester plugs a gun with his finger and the gun fires, causing the bullet to go through his finger and out via his tail (to Porky commenting "Mice") was cut.
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*On ABC, all scenes involving guns and nooses were cut (see channel edits below for specific information).
* On [[Cartoon Network]]'s pre-2002 airings (CN now airs this cartoon uncut), ABC, Nickelodeon and the syndicated "Merrie Melodies Show", the following parts were cut:
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*On [[Columbia Broadcasting System|CBS]], the scene where Sylvester plugs a gun with his finger and the gun fires, causing the bullet to go through his finger and out via his tail (to Porky commenting "Mice") was cut.
** The scene where Sylvester uses a noose to demonstrate to Porky what could have happened to him had Sylvester not saved him was cut on ABC, "The Merrie Melodies Show" and Cartoon Network before 2002, but was left uncut on Nickelodeon (and later on CN).
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*On [[Cartoon Network]]'s pre-2002 airings (CN now airs this cartoon uncut), [[Nickelodeon (TV channel)|Nickelodeon]] and the syndicated "Merrie Melodies Show", the following parts were cut:
** The scene where a noose lowers on Porky while Porky is sleeping, Sylvester cuts the noose with a razor and Porky accuses Sylvester of attempted murder was cut on ABC, "The Merrie Melodies Show", pre-2002 Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon.
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** The scene where Sylvester uses a noose to demonstrate to Porky what could have happened to him had Sylvester not saved him was cut on "The Merrie Melodies Show" and pre-2002 Cartoon Network, but was left uncut on Nickelodeon and post-2002 Cartoon Network.
** The scene where a moosehead has a rifle emerging from its mouth to try and kill Porky and Sylvester beating it up was cut on pre-2002 Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.
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** The scene where a noose lowers on Porky while Porky is sleeping, Sylvester cuts the noose with a razor and Porky accuses Sylvester of attempted murder was cut on "The Merrie Melodies Show", pre-2002 Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon.
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** The scene where a moosehead has a rifle emerging from its mouth to try and kill Porky and Sylvester beating it up was cut on Nickelodeon, but left intact on Cartoon Network (both pre- and post-2002) and the syndicated "Merrie Melodies Show").
   
 
==Availability==
 
==Availability==
This short was edited into ''[[Daffy Duck's Quackbusters]]'' (1988), with two of the noose gags edited when aired on Cartoon Network. It is featured in its entirety in the ''[[Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3]]''.
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This short was edited into ''[[Daffy Duck's Quackbusters]]'' (1988), and is featured in its entirety in the ''[[Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3]]''.
==Video==
 
[[File:Sylvester The Cat - (Ep. 44) - Claws For Alarm-1420039939|thumb|left|278px]]
 
   
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==References==
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Revision as of 08:07, March 15, 2015

Claws for Alarm
Merrie Melodies (Porky Pig and Sylvester) series
Harvey Logo.jpg
Directed by Charles M. Jones
Produced by Edward Selzer
Story by Michael Maltese
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Layouts by Maurice Noble
Backgrounds by Philip DeGuard
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) May 22, 1954 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes

Claws for Alarm is a 1954 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones and produced and released by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was the second of three cartoons teaming Porky Pig and Sylvester the cat (continuing his non-speaking role as Porky's cat) in a spooky setting where only Sylvester is aware of the danger the pair are in. The other two films in the series are Scaredy Cat (1948) and Jumpin' Jupiter (1955).

Synopsis

Porky and Sylvester are driving to Albuquerque, New Mexico, then Porky decides to stop for the night at the hotel in Dry Gulch; actually a ghost town. Sylvester alone is alert to the danger from murderous mice that have taken up residence in the hotel. Unlike the previous cartoon, however, the mice are (mostly) unseen, except for tiny, malevolent pairs of eyes in dark corners (and the moose heads over the main desk and Porky's bed). No matter; Porky checks in with a few small scares for Sylvester.

The mice do what they can to kill and/or scare Porky and Sylvester. As always, Porky does not see the danger until Sylvester has chased the mice away, leaving him holding the bag—or, in one case, the noose the mice have dropped around Porky's neck, which the cat has just pushed Porky out of the way of. Porky demands to know why Sylvester shoved him, leading to Sylvester mimicking the moose head and the noose dropping from it. The moose head begins to follow Porky up the stairs, with a shotgun out of its mouth and tries to shoot Porky. Sylvester fights with the moose and Porky scolds him.

Porky enters vacant room 13 where Sylvester is still watching for any imminent danger. Suddenly, a noose comes from the ceiling and almost strangles Porky. Sylvester grabs a razor and cuts the noose. Porky who felt that sees Sylvester with the noose and the razor asks what he is doing with them. Sylvester sees a mouse (which closely resembles Wile E.) with a large kitchen knife. The mouse swoops down and cuts a line of hair on Sylvester's back. Porky, humiliated and furious with the shenanigans forces Sylvester to go out. Sylvester sees a ghost but the moonlight reveals that the "ghost" is just the mice standing on each other's shoulders under a white sheet. Nevertheless, Sylvester runs back inside but Porky only sees another white bed sheet covering a chair. He pulls the sheet off and Sylvester mimes that he saw a ghost. Porky still doesn't believe him but suggests that Sylvester sleep with him. Sylvester then soldiers on all night, guarding his master with a shotgun he earlier wrestled away from the mice.

Dawn finally breaks, with good riddance to those ghost mice, ending the bleary-eyed cat's vigil as Porky awakes, but Porky wants to continue to stay. This is the last straw for Sylvester, who clubs Porky over the head with the shotgun butt while he is freshening up and singing "Home on the Range," leaving him stuck on the "and the deer and the antelope play" line like a needle skipping on a record. Sylvester, meanwhile loads the car with the luggage and Porky and speeds away from the hotel. After a last look back, Sylvester breathes a sigh of relief—not seeing the pairs of eyes blinking from the speedometer as the film closes.

Reception

Some cartoon buffs view Claws for Alarm as the creepiest and darkest of the trio of cartoons centered on Porky's and Sylvester's weird vacations, noting the simpler drawings and the almost never-seen mice. Emru Townsend, writing for the online animation magazine Frames Per Second, lists Claws as one of his favorites for Halloween, and comments: "Claws for Alarm makes the cut for Halloween because, unlike in the other two cartoons, the sense of fear and dread comes in from the very first frame." Townsend also cites the "true horror-movie fashion" of the ending, where the "monsters" are not completely vanquished.[1]

Censorship

Much like Scaredy Cat and (to a lesser extent) Jumpin' Jupiter, Claws for Alarm has been shown edited on television:[2]

  • On ABC, all scenes involving guns and nooses were cut (see channel edits below for specific information).
  • On CBS, the scene where Sylvester plugs a gun with his finger and the gun fires, causing the bullet to go through his finger and out via his tail (to Porky commenting "Mice") was cut.
  • On Cartoon Network's pre-2002 airings (CN now airs this cartoon uncut), Nickelodeon and the syndicated "Merrie Melodies Show", the following parts were cut:
    • The scene where Sylvester uses a noose to demonstrate to Porky what could have happened to him had Sylvester not saved him was cut on "The Merrie Melodies Show" and pre-2002 Cartoon Network, but was left uncut on Nickelodeon and post-2002 Cartoon Network.
    • The scene where a noose lowers on Porky while Porky is sleeping, Sylvester cuts the noose with a razor and Porky accuses Sylvester of attempted murder was cut on "The Merrie Melodies Show", pre-2002 Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon.
    • The scene where a moosehead has a rifle emerging from its mouth to try and kill Porky and Sylvester beating it up was cut on Nickelodeon, but left intact on Cartoon Network (both pre- and post-2002) and the syndicated "Merrie Melodies Show").

Availability

This short was edited into Daffy Duck's Quackbusters (1988), and is featured in its entirety in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3.

References

External links

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