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|Directed by||Friz Freleng|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer|
|Music by||Milt Franklyn|
|Animation by||Gerry Chiniquy |
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|May 29, 1957|
Tweet Zoo is a Merrie Melodies (reissued as a Blue Ribbon in 1961) cartoon animated short starring Tweety and Sylvester. Released January 12, 1957 and remastered May 29, 1957 on television , the cartoon was directed by Friz Freleng. The voices were performed by Mel Blanc. Audio from this cartoon was sampled by Paul McCartney on the song "Check My Machine", released in 1980 as the B-side to the single "Waterfalls".
The cartoon, set in a city zoo, begins with a tour guide showing various animal exhibits to visitors. The final stop (at least as far as viewers can see) is the exhibit featuring the "one and only example" of the Tweety Bird species. This draws tag-along tourist Sylvester's interest and becomes separated from the group. After the requisite "I tawt I taw a puddy tat" lines, Sylvester begins his latest pursuit.
The attempts, all unsuccessful, are as follows:
- Tweety taking refuge in the bear pit. Sylvester uses a net to try to capture the bird, but as the shifty Tweety dodges the net, the cat hits a bear with the net. The bear grabs the net, pulls Sylvester in and expresses his displeasure.
- At feeding time, Sylvester hides in the zookeeper's meat cart. Hoping to get "fed" to Tweety, he instead is thrown to a pack of Bengal tigers.
- Tweety hides in a hole inside the elephant's abode. Sylvester enters in search of his prey, but the elephant immediately covers the hole to protect the bird. After unsuccessfully trying to pry the elephant's leg off the hole, Sylvester kicks the elephant in the knee, stubbing his toes in the process. Sylvester uses a wind-up mouse to frighten the elephant, but instead of simply moving away, the elephant inadvertently jumps and lands on Sylvester, flattening the puss.
- Sylvester catches Tweety walking along a bridge, and chases him onto a tree branch overlooking an alligator pond. While planning how to get in the pond without injury, a lion roars, scaring Sylvester and stopping him from pacing back and forth. Sylvester smashes an oar over the lion's head in anger, using the requisite "Ah, shaddap!".
- In a second attempt to navigate the alligator pond, Sylvester uses a rowboat, unaware of his passenger, the lion from earlier has entered. However, he escapes upon discovering the lion. The boat consequently sinks under the lion's weight, and the alligators snap at the lion. Once the lion regains his senses and gets out of the water, he grabs Sylvester and, after letting the gators have another go at the cat, he kicks him back into the bear's pit, where the bear mauls the puddy again.
- Sylvester pole-vaults across the alligator pond to grab Tweety, who is hiding in a tree. Instead, the jump is mistimed (Tweety dropped a banana peel) and the cat ends up in the water again, though he manages to fight off the gators with his now-broken pole.
In the end, a frustrated Sylvester leaves the zoo and strikes birds off his diet list ... just before a cluster of birds land on his shoulders and head as he is walking away, muttering about his awful timing for going on a diet.
The short is available on the "Stars Of Space Jam: Sylvester and Tweety" VHS
- 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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