Bad Ol' Putty Tat

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Bad Ol' Putty Tat
Merrie Melodies (Tweety/Sylvester) series
Bad Ol Putty Tat screenshot.png
"I tawt I taw a putty tat! I did! I did taw a putty tat!"
Directed by I. Freleng
Produced by Edward Selzer (uncredited)
Story by Tedd Pierce
Voices by Mel Blanc (All)
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Gerry Chiniquy
Manuel Perez
Virgil Ross
Ken Champin
Layouts by Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds by Paul Julian
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) July 23, 1949 (1949-07-23) (Original)
June 29, 1957
(Blue Ribbon Reissue)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes 2 seconds
Language English

Bad Ol' Putty Tat is a 1949 Merrie Melodies (1957 Blue Ribbon reissued in the opening, with original ending) animated cartoon released by Warner Bros. starring Tweety Bird and directed by Friz Freleng. Tweety must evade the titular "puddy tat," Sylvester the Cat, who is once again in hot pursuit of Tweety, just so that he can eat him for his own personal snack. It provides an anomaly in the Sylvester & Tweety pairings: In this one, Tweety provides almost all the dialogue, and then mainly to the audience. Tweety's voice is performed by Mel Blanc, who also screams out Sylvester's pain in mid-film. The story was written by Tedd Pierce; he and fellow Warner Bros. cartoon writer Michael Maltese appear in caricature form as a pair of badminton players.

Plot[edit]

The film begins with a shot of Tweety's house, at the top of a tall wooden pole, with a sign reading "DO NOT DISTURB." There is barbed wire on the pole and a damaged Sylvester.

Sylvester uses a trampoline to try to get to Tweety's birdhouse; Tweety fights back with knocks to the head and a dynamite stick. Sylvester tries to get Tweety to slide down a clothespin and into his mouth; he almost gets a rocket ride for his trouble.

Sylvester then paints his finger into a female Tweety which works at first, but then he switches hats with "her". Sylvester then tries to bite Tweety, resulting in Sylvester biting his own finger.

Tweety accidentally becomes the badminton birdy in a makeshift game. Again, Sylvester springs and gets another stick of dynamite. The cat then builds an entirely new birdhouse, fooling Tweety into walking right in. Instead of being digested, Tweety takes manual control of Sylvester, turning him into a train which crashes into a brick wall.

Trivia[edit]

This is the second Tweety cartoon in which Sylvester doesn't talk. The other three are Tweetie Pie, Putty Tat Trouble and Tree Cornered Tweety.

Appearances in other media[edit]

In the HBO film You Don't Know Jack, Dr. Jack Kevorkian is seen watching this cartoon. However, he erroneously states that Sylvester chases a frog.

Availability[edit]

Bad Ol' Putty Tat is available on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Two.

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