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for the birds


A small blue bird lands on a telephone wire 36 feet above the 100 Million-acre countryside of Central Illinois and makes itself comfortable, only to have a second small bird land next to it. The two birds quickly start to squabble as 12 more land on the wire and join in. They are interrupted when a large, gangly, awkward looking bird sitting on top of the pole honks to them. Soon, the 14 small birds start mocking the large one by puffing up their feathers to resemble his plumage and imitating his honk.


They then slide farther out along the wire and chatter suspiciously among themselves, ignoring the large bird's attempts to befriend them until he settles in the middle of all of them out on the wire. However, his weight causes the wire to sag almost to the ground and all the 14 small birds slide down toward him, which causes him to lose his balance and flop over to hang upside down by his feet. The two nearest to the center start pecking at his toes, egged on by the rest of the crowd. The 6th bird suddenly panics, realizing how low the wire is and tries to stop the pecking.


The other 12 understand and stop too late; when the large bird's last toe slides off, the wire snaps upward and flings all the small birds out of sight like a slingshot. The large bird is so close to the ground that he's unaffected by the whole thing, but is accompanied by a shower of feathers from the small birds.


One of them falls to the ground, having lost all its feathers and the large bird laughs and offers it a leaf to cover itself. The others soon tumble down as well, without feathers, and hide behind the large bird as he laughs even harder. A white splatter of acrylic paint with the words, "The End", on it against a black screen, marks the end of this film.

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