Figaro and Frankie
Studio: Disney Release Date : May 30, 1947 Series: Figaro
  1. General Info

Cumulative rating:
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Synopsis

Figaro is hungry for a small, yellow canary named Frankie.

Characters

Minnie Mouse
(Voice: Ruth Clifford)
Figaro
(Voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash)

Credits

Director

Charles A. Nichols

Animator

Marvin Woodward
George Nicholas
Robert ("Bob") Youngquist
Blaine Gibson

Story

Eric Gurney
Bill de la Torre

Music

Oliver Wallace

Backgrounds

Art Landy

Layout

Karl Karpe

Producer

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Distributor(s)

RKO Radio Pictures

Television

Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 48)
The Mickey Mouse Club (Season 2, Episode 44)

Video Information

VHS

United States

Minnie

Germany

Figaro und Cleo

France

Les Aventures de Mickey et Minnie

Italy

Minni
Minni
Gli Aristogatti

CED Disc

United States

Minnie

Laserdisc (CAV)

Japan

Minnie

DVD

United States

The Complete Pluto - Volume 2
Best Pals - Mickey & Minnie

Canada

Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 10 : Best Pals : Mickey and Minnie

Technical Specifications

MPAA Rating: G
MPAA No.: 11298
Production No.: 2343
Running time: 6:51
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

Reviews and Comments

From Angie Honeycutt :

This cartoon reminds me of what happened with my cat and bird. One time my bird was singing and my kitty came and tried to eat him. The bird flew away and was never seen again. I hope the animal shelter finds him.

From Ryan :

This short demonstrates how a little canary like Frankie tests Figaro's patience. It is kind of similar to those Sylvester and Tweety shorts. Figaro has had enough of Frankie's constant tweeting and decides to get rid of him. I enjoy watching these Figaro shorts as I enjoy Figaro's bratty personality.

From Baruch Weiss :

This short wasn't too bad. It's kind of similar to the 1941 short Lend a Paw. In this short Figaro lives with a bird and the bird drives him nuts, but in the end he saves it from Butch the Bulldog. I saw the good angel, but where was the Devil?

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

I started watching Figaro and Frankie with skepticism, because the previous attempts at incorporating Figaro (from Pinocchio) into the world of the Fab Five Disney characters were not great. When I started watching, though, I was struck by the fact that this was something I had seen before. Here was a black cat with white belly chasing a yellow canary – it was Sylvester and Tweety.

There’s no two ways about it. This is the exact formula that made Looney Tunes a ton of money – a cat chasing a canary, getting scared away by the homemaker. I immediately wondered how this could be. I mean, Disney wasn’t intentionally copying from Looney Tunes were they? A little more digging revealed something that was astounding.

The first short that featured Sylvester and Tweety teamed up in cartoon was 1947’s Tweetie Pie, a short that would go on to win the Academy Award. That short was released on May 3, 1947. In the short, Sylvester “rescues” Tweety from the cold, is stopped from eating him by his owner and spends the rest of the short trying to get the canary out of its cage so he can eat the bird.

That was the short released on May 3, 1947. On May 30, 1947, Disney released Figaro and Frankie, where Figaro the cat tries to shut up Frankie the canary by getting him out of his cage and eating him. 4 weeks apart, Warner Brothers and Disney released nearly identical concepts, starring characters that had only been in a few previous films. There’s no way Disney could have known about Warner’s film, and I doubt that Warner knew about Disney’s.

Now, Figaro and Frankie takes a significant detour towards the end, as Figaro gets thrown out for “eating” Frankie, only to see the canary survive and be menaced by Butch, the bulldog from the Pluto shorts. We get a typical angel on the shoulder moment when Figaro’s conscience shows up, but it’s nothing new. Figaro and Frankie is rather unremarkable and not that well made, but it's curious.


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    Sources

    Charles A. Nichols: Director
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    Marvin Woodward: Animator
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    George Nicholas: Animator
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    Robert ("Bob") Youngquist: Animator
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    Blaine Gibson: Animator
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    Eric Gurney: Story
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    Bill de la Torre: Story
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    Oliver Wallace: Music
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    Karl Karpe: Layout
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    Art Landy: Backgrounds
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    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Producer
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