Tweet and Sour

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Tweet and Sour
Looney Tunes (Sylvester/Tweety/Granny) series
Directed by Friz Freleng
Voices by Mel Blanc
June Foray (uncredited)
Music by Milt Franklyn
Animation by Gerry Chiniquy
Virgil Ross
Arthur Davis
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) March 24, 1956
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 mins
Language English

Tweet and Sour is a "Looney Tunes" cartoon animated short starring Tweety and Sylvester. Released March 24, 1956, the cartoon is directed by Friz Freleng. The voices are performed by Mel Blanc and June Foray.

The cartoon's title is a play on the phrase "sweet and sour".

Plot[edit]

Granny leaves the house for an outing, but as she drives by the house and waves goodbye to Tweety, she sees Sylvester has gotten into the house and is about to eat the bird. Granny stops the cat in time and, fed up with his constant chasing after Tweety, gives him an ultimatum: "If there's so much as one little feather harmed on the canary, it's off to the violin string factory!" (punctuating the warning by mimicking Frédéric Chopin's "The Funeral March").

As Sylvester sulks in the corner, Tweety is about to face a new threat—a rough-looking orange cat wearing an eyepatch. The unnamed orange cat is after a meal of his own and is uncaring that Sylvester will be deemed responsible if Tweety is noticed missing. As such, the chase now casts Sylvester not as the predator but as the (not-so-altrustic) protagonist who plans to save Tweety from a predatory cat before Granny returns—more to save his own skin. After several exchanges, with both Sylvester and the orange cat clobbering each other, Sylvester finally gets rid of the predatory cat by blowing him up in Granny's chimney (by way of a lighted TNT candle tied to a balloon).

However, Sylvester's efforts are in vain. As he is putting Tweety back in the cage, Granny enters and, assuming he was after Tweety, promises to make good on her earlier threat. Sylvester tried to explain what really happened before declaring: "Aw, what's the use! She'll never believe me!", then he plays Chopin on his violin and falls into the violin case as a coffin to his doom.

Censorship[edit]

  • The 1970s/1980s CBS airing of this cartoon cuts out the part where the orange cat grabs Sylvester by his tail and bashes him several times into the ground.

Succession[edit]

Preceded by
Red Riding Hoodwinked
Tweety and Sylvester cartoons
1956
Succeeded by
Tree Cornered Tweety

References[edit]

  • 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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