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It's Hummer Time is a cartoon in the Looney Tunes series directed by Robert McKimson and written by Warren Foster. Released on July 22, 1950, the cartoon stars a tuxedo cat who attempts to catch a hummingbird, only to get in the way of a bulldog who subjects him to various forms of torture for disturbing his sleep while doing so to the tune of Raymond Scott's Powerhouse, the cat seeming to know what's in store for him each time. All voice characterizations are performed by Mel Blanc.

Plot

Outside a local park, a green hummingbird is shown flying around, eventually finding signs directing toward a bird bath (which is actually a tuxedo cat carrying a bowl and water hose). Upon arriving, the bird settles down, as the cat slowly tries to grab it. The bird eventually squirts water at the cat's face, prompting him to give chase until he reaches a bulldog sleeping in his doghouse. The bulldog, disgruntled, grabs the cat by his neck as he yells, "No, NOT THE FENCE! NOT THAT AGAIN!" as he is taken to the fence, and is punished by being grabbed by the tail from the other side of the fence.

The cat's next attempt then involves him grabbing a pink phonograph horn to disguise it as a flower to attract the same hummingbird. This plan ultimately fails, as the bird drops a stick of dynamite into the horn, with said horn exploding in the cat's face. The bird eventually begins flying by the bulldog, this time walking along the grass as it flies and hums around him. The cat, this time armed with a net, spots the bird and attempts to catch the bird, only to whack the bulldog in the head. His next punishment from the dog immediately follows; the punishment this time being a faux birthday party simply titled "Happy Birthday" with dynamite sticks in place of candles on a cake, all of which blow up in the cat's face.

After a cross-fade, the cat then attaches fuchsia petals to a fishing rod hook, with a red balloon on top. After launching it into the air, the hummingbird paints a picture of the cat onto the balloon and drags it down to the bulldog, who notices the cat's image and then says (quoting Tweety during the process): "I tawt I taw a puddy tat!" The dog eventually pops the balloon containing the cat's picture, and then tugs the fishing line containing the fuchsia petals, prompting the cat to pull him over to his location. The dog then pulls the cat towards a rain pipe and pulls him through it from the roof of a house (essentially giving him the same treatment as The Fence).

While thinking of yet another plan, the bird flies around the cat as he follows it to the dog, with the bird walking around his bones. After lunging towards the two, the cat realizes that he only got to the bones (due to the hummingbird flying away again), and the dog promptly subjects him to a modified cement mixer, which he sets to The Thinker, resulting of a replica of the statue of the same name but with the cat in place of the actual man. Next, The hummingbird attempts to trick the cat into thinking that the dog ate it. In response, the cat applies sneezing powder against the dog's nose to open his mouth, and after taking a flashlight to look inside, the dog sneezes and subjects the cat to his final punishment: The Works, which starts out with the fence and takes him towards a long trail leading into the same cement mixer for "The Thinker." Unfortunately for him, the hummingbird ties the dog to a rope that was also used for the cat, essentially now meaning that both animals become subject to the rig. The cartoon ends with both animals being sent to the mixer as the hummingbird sets it to "The Works", resulting in them now becoming a shared bird bath as the bird dives in it.

Other appearances

  • The Tuxedo cat and bulldog would later appear in Early to Bet the next year, also directed by Robert McKimson.

Availability

It's Hummer Time is available uncut and restored with its original opening titles on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 6 DVD.

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