Tom Tom Tomcat

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Tom Tom Tomcat
Merrie Melodies (Sylvester/Tweety) series
Directed by I. Freleng
Story by Warren Foster
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Arthur Davis
Manuel Perez
Ken Champin
Virgil Ross
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) June 27, 1953
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:29
Language English

Tom Tom Tomcat is a 1953 animated short, featuring Sylvester and Tweety.


Granny and Tweety are riding through the desert in their wagon, to the tune of Oh! Susanna, when they are ambushed by Indians (who bear remarkable resemblance to Sylvester). They are forced to hole up in a fort, where Granny begins to shoot them down while Tweety counts (Ten Little Indians). On the tenth, one nearly takes Tweety, but is shot down just in time.

More attempts include an archer and a battering ram, both foiled. One archer almost drags Tweety out again ("Granny! Help! A Mohican got me!") but Granny surprises him with a bomb instead. The cats' attempts continue like this, all of them backfiring or being foiled; usually the cats are blown up or shot. In one instance, the chief orders the actual Sylvester to sneak into the fort; Sylvester emerges later with the top of his head having been scalped off by Granny.

Finally, Granny and Tweety disguise themselves as a fellow Indian, and lead the cats into the powder house. When one asks for a match, they kindly oblige, and the powder house explodes, causing all the cats to erupt into the sky and then fall. "Oh my goodness!" Tweety comments, "It's raining putty tats!"

Edited versions[edit]

  • On the syndicated "Merrie Melodies" show, the part where an Indian cat drills a hole in the side of Tweety and Granny's fort shelter and preps to shoot them with a bow and arrow (only to get shot by a rifle and have his bottom half fall down like a loose pair of pants) was cut.
  • The cartoon, as a whole, has not been seen on American television since the 1980s, due to the Native American stereotyping.

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