Ain't She Tweet
|Ain't She Tweet|
|Directed by||I. Freleng|
|Produced by||Eddie Selzer|
|Story by||Warren Foster|
|Starring||Mel Blanc (All Other)|
Bea Benaderet (Granny)
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Ken Champin|
|Layouts by||Hawley Pratt|
|Backgrounds by||Irv Wyner|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|June 21, 1952 (first day of summer)|
Ain't She Tweet is a Looney Tunes (reissued as a Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies in 1961) cartoon animated short starring Tweety and Sylvester. Released June 21, 1952, the cartoon is directed by Friz Freleng. The voices were performed by Mel Blanc and Bea Benaderet.
The title is a play on the song "Ain't She Sweet."
Sylvester stands outside a pet store window, watching Tweety (singing "Fiddle-De-Di") in the display area. Tweety angers Sylvester when the bird goes over to a mouse (the comments, apparently unflattering ones about the cat, are muted using Carl Stalling's music); Sylvester replies: "Okay smarties, laugh this off!!!" and tries to throw a brick at the window. However, upon seeing a cop walk up behind Sylvester, the would-be feline vandal runs in front of the brick and absorbs the blow.
As Sylvester is planning to cut through the glass window with a glass cutter, a deliveryman takes Tweety away, to be delivered to Granny's house. Sylvester follows the deliveryman and rushes into the yard, only to discover a whole army of bulldogs.
The rest of the cartoon contains Sylvester's attempts (all unsuccessful) to get at Tweety:
- Sylvester uses a stick with an imitation cat on it, but the bulldogs clobber it. Then he paces to think up another plan.
- Walking across a tree branch that extends from the outside to the house. Tweety saws the branch off and Sylvester waves goodbye and falls from the tree and Tweety started laughing. (Tweety: "That puddy tat's got a pink skin under his fur coat!"). And Sylvester closed the gate.
- Using stilts to walk harmlessly above the dogs. Tweety gives the dogs some tools to cut the stilts down to size; Sylvester tries a hasty retreat but ends up just short of the gate. (This attempt was used again in Roman Legion Hare with Sam, Bugs, and the lions.)
- Building a rocket, which simply sets the cat's fur on fire.
- Riding a bucket attached to a wire that he connected from a telephone pole to the edge of Granny's house. Unfortunately, Sylvester's weight is too heavy for the bucket's support, and the added weight lowers the bucket down to the horde of dogs, where they wait to beat Sylvester up.
- Waiting until the yard is empty and then walking unannounced to the house. The dogs run outside and tackle the cat. This time, Sylvester gets away, but before he can catch his breath, a kindly old man - thinking the puddy had simply wandered outside his home - throws him back into the yard (seemingly oblivious to the "Beware of Dogs" sign), where the dogs beat the cat up some more.
- Hiding in a package intended for Granny. The original contents are dog food, which has the dogs so eager. Granny does not take the package in to unwrap, (as Sylvester had expected) instead she throws it to the dogs. As she watches the dogs tear open the package to get at their "food," Granny compliments on how hungry they were that she didn't have the chance to unwrap the package.
Finally, Sylvester decides to wait until the early morning to tip-toe silently through the yard. The alarm clock goes off at 4 a.m., awakening the dogs and pummeling the cat one last time. Tweety who wakes up from the noise innocently comments: "Now who do you suppowse would want to distwurb dose doggies so eawly in da morning?" before winking at the audience and goes back to sleep as the cartoon irises out.
| Tweety and Sylvester cartoons
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- Friedwald, Will and Jerry Beck. "The Warner Brothers Cartoons." Scarecrow Press Inc., Metuchen, N.J., 1981. ISBN 0-8108-1396-3.
- Ain't She Tweet on IMDb
- Nuance and Suggestion in the Tweety and Sylvester Series - Written by Kevin McCorry