Hyde and Go Tweet

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Hyde and Go Tweet
Merrie Melodies (Tweety/Sylvester) series
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Sylvester's first encounter with the monstrous Tweety, causing the cat to fall apart - literally.
Directed by Friz Freleng
Produced by John Burton
Story by Michael Maltese (uncredited)
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Milt Franklyn
Treg Brown
Animation by Virgil Ross
Gerry Chiniquy
Art Davis
Layouts by Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds by Tom O'Loughlin
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) May 14, 1960
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6 mins
Language English

Hyde and Go Tweet is a Merrie Melodies animated short starring Tweety and Sylvester. Released May 14, 1960, the cartoon is directed by Friz Freleng. The voices were performed by Mel Blanc.

The short is the third directed by Freleng based on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The title is a play on the game hide and go seek.


Sylvester is sleeping on the ledge of a tall building. After observing mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll drinking a Mr. Hyde potion and briefly turning into a monstrous alter ego, Sylvester laughs it off and resumes his sleep.

Suddenly waking up, Sylvester chases some pigeons away for disrupting his nap. He then pursues his prey, Tweety, along the building's ledge. Tweety escapes inside and hides in the Hyde formula. Sylvester demands that Tweety show himself, which he does now as a mean, giant bird of prey that - after years of harassment and being chased and with payback on his mind - begins chasing Sylvester.

Sylvester is frantically trying to get the elevator to come up, and he turns and looks down the corner, and Tweety/Hyde is ambling along, laughing maniacally.

For most of the rest of the cartoon, Tweety frequently switches between his usual, innocent self (which Sylvester chases) and the evil bird-monster (from which Sylvester runs away). After several back-and-forth chases, Sylvester nabs a normal-sized Tweety. Unaware of the fact that the monster bird and his potential meal are one and the same, the cat locks himself in a small kitchen, throws the key out the window to make sure that Tweety doesn't get out and "the goon" doesn't get in," and begins to make that Tweety into a sandwich. But while Sylvester is searching for some ketchup, Tweety changes back into his menacing, Hyde-like self and devours his adversary whole in a single gulp. Sylvester frees himself and tries to escape the room as he cries out for help.

Just then, Sylvester awakens... only to believe this was a nightmare and to see a normal-sized Tweety struggling to fly to the ledge of the building. Fearing the events of his nightmare about to come true, Sylvester is convinced that Tweety poses a giant risk to his well-being, cries out and runs through a wall to escape! Two cats (variants of the cats in Birds Anonymous) observe his action and refer to it as cowardice. Tweety agrees on that.

Edited versions[edit]

On the ABC version of this cartoon, Sylvester's line when he's standing on the window sill and preparing to jump out to escape the monster Tweety, "I'll jump!" then asiding to the audience, "I've got a choice?" was cut, presumably because of its allusions to suicide. The ABC edited version has Sylvester look down and then jump out the window.

In Daffy Duck's Quackbusters when Sylvester runs through the wall to escape he ends up in the "Paranormalist at Large" office.


Further readings
  • Friedwald, Will and Jerry Beck. "The Warner Brothers Cartoons." Scarecrow Press Inc., Metuchen, N.J., 1981. ISBN 0-8108-1396-3.

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