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Life With Feathers
Directed By: Friz Freleng
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: March 24, 1945
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Gerry Chiniquy (uncredited)
Virgil Ross
Manuel Perez (uncredited)
Ken Champin (uncredited)
Layouts: Hawley Pratt (uncredited)
Owen Fitzgerald (uncredited)
Paul Julian (uncredited)
Backgrounds: Hawley Pratt (uncredited)
Paul Julian (uncredited)
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Sara Berner (uncredited)
Dave Barry (uncredited)
Danny Webb (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Sylvester
Preceded By: Trap Happy Porky
Succeeded By: Behind the Meat-Ball
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Life with Feathers is a 1945 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng. It was nominated for an Academy Award for short episodes and films.

This cartoon marks the first appearance of Sylvester. It also stars an unnamed bird in his only appearance. From 1939-1944, WB had prototypes of Sylvester. Friz Freleng came with a final redesign of Sylvester. Cartoons became more in demand for Sylvester so Friz Freleng (usually with Tweety) and Robert McKimson (usually with Sylvester Jr. and Hippety Hopper) directed most of his future films.


A lovebird is depressed because his wife no longer loves him, so he decides to commit suicide. He finally settles on getting eaten by a cat. The bird happens on a hungry Sylvester and calls him over with a whistle. Excited, the cat runs to the bird, only to stop when he finds the bird wants to be eaten. Sylvester, thinking the bird is poisoned, refuses. Determined, the bird tries to sneak (and even force) himself into the cat’s mouth, but to no avail.

Finally, the bird tunes into food commercials on the radio to increase Sylvester’s appetite. The cat decides he “might as well die” eating the bird. As the feline is about to have a meal at last, a telegram arrives for the bird. It reads that that relations between him and his wife are going to be just fine. Unfortunately, the cat hasn’t changed his mind and pursues the bird off a balcony.

The bird, overjoyed, returns home and reveals to the audience that his wife has returned to her mother. A dish is thrown from across the room. The camera pans to reveal that it was from the wife, who changed her mind. The bird runs back outside and calls for Sylvester. Iris out.



  • Final cartoon to have 1941-45 version of Merrily We Roll Along, also the final Merrie Melodies with the WB shield appearing before WARNER BROS. PICTURES INC., Present, the production code, and the copyright notice appear, in the pre-1948 era, or a non-Bugs Bunny cartoon. Some films from 1949-51 would have this feature, but only for Bugs Bunny cartoons. The next cartoon Behind the Meat-Ball, would be the final.
  • Life with Feathers was reissued in March 3, 1951 almost 6 years from its release date. Like most reissued Merrie Melodies at the time, the original closing sequence was kept. All MERRIE MELODIES originally released between 9/1/44-7/10/48 had their original closings kept, except for some of the Cinecolor ones.
  • In 1951 Chuck Jones reused a similar concept for Hubie & Bertie's final cartoon Cheese Chasers.
  • In the 1995 Turner "dubbed version" (and presumably other TV prints), Sylvester has black fur (similar to current appearance). The restored version on Blu-Ray/DVD shows that Sylvester originally had a lighter bluish-black fur.


On Cartoon Network, Boomerang and The WB the part where the lovebird thinks of different ways to commit suicide after his wife has thrown him out is cut. However, airings of this cartoon outside the United States retain this scene.


Sylvester Cartoons
1945 Life with FeathersPeck Up Your Troubles
1946 Kitty Kornered
1947 Tweetie PieDoggone CatsCatch as Cats Can
1948 Back Alley OproarI Taw a Putty TatHop, Look and ListenKit For CatScaredy Cat
1949 Mouse MazurkaBad Ol' Putty TatHippety Hopper
1950 Home Tweet HomeThe Scarlet PumpernickelAll a Bir-r-r-rdCanary RowStooge for a MousePop 'Im Pop!
1951 Canned FeudPutty Tat TroubleRoom and BirdTweety's S.O.S.Tweet Tweet Tweety
1952 Who's Kitten Who?Gift WrappedLittle Red Rodent HoodAin't She TweetHoppy Go LuckyA Bird in a Guilty CageTree for Two
1953 Snow BusinessA Mouse DividedFowl WeatherTom Tom TomcatA Street Cat Named SylvesterCatty CorneredCats A-Weigh
1954 Dog PoundedBell HoppyDr. Jerkyl's HideClaws for AlarmMuzzle ToughSatan's Waitin'By Word of Mouse
1955 Lighthouse MouseSandy ClawsTweety's CircusJumpin' JupiterClaws for AlarmA Kiddies KittySpeedy GonzalesRed Riding HoodwinkedHeir-ConditionedPappy's Puppy
1956 Too Hop to HandleTweet and SourTree Cornered TweetyThe Unexpected PestTugboat GrannyThe Slap-Hoppy MouseYankee Dood It
1957 Tweet ZooTweety and the BeanstalkBirds AnonymousGreedy For TweetyMouse-Taken IdentityGonzales' Tamales
1958 A Pizza Tweety PieA Bird in a Bonnet
1959 Trick or TweetTweet and LovelyCat's PawHere Today, Gone TamaleTweet Dreams
1960 West of the PesosGoldimouse and the Three CatsHyde and Go TweetMouse and GardenTrip For Tat
1961 Cannery WoeHoppy DazeBirds of a FatherD' Fightin' OnesThe Rebel Without ClawsThe Pied Piper of GuadalupeThe Last Hungry Cat
1962 Fish and SlipsMexican BoardersThe Jet Cage
1963 Mexican Cat DanceChili WeatherClaws In The Lease
1964 A Message to GraciasFreudy CatNuts and VoltsHawaiian Aye AyeRoad to Andalay
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around The HouseCats and BruisesThe Wild Chase
1966 A Taste of Catnip
1995 Carrotblanca
1997 Father of the Bird
2011 I Tawt I Taw A Putty Tat

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