Posted: October 07, 2004
A definite highlight in Sylvester's career. For this is the toon that won Sylvester, Tweety, Friz, and Warner Bros. it FIRST OSCAR!!! However, there are some that think that this cartoon only won because Rhapsody Rabbit had been accidentally snubbed last year and so this Oscar was ONLY awarded to Tweetie Pie for that reason.
But, this cartoon has it's own merits as well. For one thing, Sylvester and Tweety were created seperately by two different directors (Tweety - Clampett; Sylvester - Freleng). Miraculously, when the two were put together, it was instant chemistry. This cat & bird team played off each other nicely. (Incidentally, this is almost indentical to how Laurel & Hardy got started 20 years prior). The scene at the very end inwhich Tweety constantly hits Sylvester with a shovel expresses their synergy perfectly.
The puzzling part is, their producer at the time Eddie Selzer didn't think this would be a good pairing. But, Friz fought him all the way and was eventually given permission for Ed to make this cartoon. The results certainly proved Eddie wrong beyond all doubt. This incident would inspire Chuck Jones to fight for the life of Pepe Le Pew and Jack Warner to reinstate the Tazmanian Devil. Cartainly, any cartoon that can prove big business wrong is okay by me.
One thing that is easy to spot in this cartoon is that Tweety went through a physical change. He went from pink to yellow. The reason for that is because the censorboard of the time felt that the pink Tweety looked naked and that he might encourage promiscuity that way. (Of course that's just my speculation. I'm sure the real reason is much more non-sensical.)
Well, at any rate, Tweety had a new look and a new aversary, namely Sylvester. This is the putty tat that Tweety would think he saw for the rest of his career. From that point on, Tweety only worked with Sylvester. The Oscar this cartoon won made sure of that.
This also marks the first time that Tweety would use a human as protection against a cat. Whenever Sylvester made a noise trying to catch Tweety, the lady of the house would run downstairs and hit the putty tat with a broom. After this happened enough times, Sylvester was thrown outside.
But this is where the true magic of this cartoon begins. Even while outside in the snow, Sylveser still does not give up his persuit of Tweety. When Sly climbs down the chimney, Tweety's ready with a stack of logs and some kerosene. When he finally burns the broom used by the lady to whack him, Tweety fills in for her using a shovel instead. The synergy between these two was incredible. Even though Sylvester would go on to work with others like Hippety Hopper, Speedy Gonzales, Porky Pig, etc. he always came back to Tweety. I guess there was something about getting abused by that bird that he couldn't resist. They would repeat this chemistry in great cartoons like I Taw a Putty Tat, Bad Ol' Putty Tat, Bird in a Guilty Cage, Tweet Tweet Tweety, etc. They wouldn't all be greats though.
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