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Catch as Cats Can is a 1947 Merrie Melodies cartoon featuring caricatures of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby as birds, and Sylvester the Cat, although he is without his signature lisp in this cartoon and has a dopey voice.
An emaciated canary, singing like Frank Sinatra, is getting on the nerves of a pipe-puffing parrot, who speaks like Bing Crosby. The parrot spots Sylvester, foraging through the trash. Telling Sylvester he needs more vitamins (which the canary has been swallowing in bulk), he lures Sylvester inside to snare the canary.
The straightforward approach fails (the canary bops him in the nose instantly). After Sylvester gives up instantly, the Crosby parrot stops him and forces him to continue "to get the vitamins he needs". Sylvester employs the following tricks to eat Frankie, all of them ending in failure;
- He carves a female canary from soap, lures Frankie there; the birds slide down a greased counter, into the sink, and down the drain, but only the soap bird goes through the pipe and down Sylvester's throat.
- Sylvester creates a trail of birdseed into the garage. This technique seems to work, but Frankie jacks Sylvester's mouth open.
- Sylvester laces the vitamins with buckshot; like all cartoon magnets, his attracts everything metal in sight except his prey.
- Sylvester uses the vacuum cleaner to suck up Frankie. After opening the vacuum bag, the canary turns Sylvester's vacuum cleaner against him, with a crash in the fireplace giving Sylvester a hot-stomach; as he buries his head in the sink, the bird adds Foamo-Seltzer to the water; Sylvester rockets off, crashing into a wall.
Just as the Crosby parrot is about to give an injured Sylvester a new plan to eat Frankie, the cat finally realizes the portly parrot is a better meal; we see him sitting on the parrot's perch, imitating his mannerisms.
- This was only one of three non-Bugs Bunny cartoons from 1947 not to be reissued. The others were "Mexican Joyride" and "A Pest in the House".
- Songs sung by "Frank" include: "As Time Goes By", "It Can't Be Wrong" and "A Little On The Lonely Side".
- The ending sequence of this cartoon appears to have been shortened for theatrical release; This is apparent in the final scene wherein the Sinatra canary discovers that Sylvester ate the Crosby parrot. Taking on Crosby-esque mannerisms, Sylvester croons "As Time Goes By", lights a pipe, and says "Ah, there's nothin' like vitamins" before the scene abruptly fades to black.