The Discontented Canary
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The Discontented Canary
The Discontented Canary
Directed byRudolf Ising
Produced byHugh Harman
Rudolf Ising
Music byScott Bradley
Animation byCal Dalton
Carman Maxwell
Thomas McKimson
Jim Fabian
Robert Strokes (all uncredited)[1]
Color processTechnicolor (2-hue)
Distributed byLoew's, Inc
Release date
September 1, 1934
Running time

The Discontented Canary is a 1934 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Happy Harmonies short directed by Rudolf Ising.


The cartoon begins with a canary in his cage and a parrot singing. The canary wants to get out of his cage, but is locked inside. Then, their owner arrives. But she accidentally left the cage open. Then, the canary flies out and goes outside. He descends into a garden and a cat slyly sneaks up on him. The weather then gets windy as a thunderstorm arrives in. Then, the cat chases the canary around the garden. Suddenly, a lightning bolt strikes the cat's tail and he runs away screaming in agony. Realizing the outside world isn't as safe as his cage, the canary flies back home and sings as the cartoon ends.


  • It is the first MGM Cartoon and the oldest MGM cartoon to be owned by Warner Bros.
  • This cartoon is one of four MGM cartoons in the public domain.


  • Various public domain VHS/DVD. (These copies are missing the entire scene with the canary interacting with other wildlife. The censored print jumps from the cat lurking towards the bird to the start of the thunderstorm.)[2]
  • DVD - Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection - Disc 2 (Evelyn Prentice) DVD (1995 Turner "dubbed" version, DVNR; this version is uncut with the canary interacting with the other wildlife intact)[3][4][5]
  • DVD - Happy Harmonies - Disc 1 DVD


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