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Sylvester J. Pussycat Sr., usually called Sylvester, is a fictional character, a three-time Academy Award-winning anthropomorphic, 40, 50, or 60-Inch tall Tuxedo cat
Tuxedo cat
in the Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons.[1] Most of his appearances have him often chasing Tweety
Tweety
Bird, Speedy Gonzales, or Hippety Hopper. The name "Sylvester" is a play on Felis silvestris, the scientific name for the wild cat species (domestic cats like Sylvester, though, are actually Felis catus). The character debuted in Friz Freleng's Life With Feathers (1945), but Freleng's 1947 cartoon Tweetie Pie
Tweetie Pie
was the first pairing of Tweety
Tweety
with Sylvester, and the Bob Clampett-directed Kitty Kornered (1946) was Sylvester's first pairing with Porky Pig. Sylvester was not named until Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
gave him the name Sylvester, which was first used in Scaredy Cat.[citation needed] Sylvester appeared in 103 cartoons in the golden age, appearing in the fourth most films out of all the Looney Tunes/ Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
characters, only behind Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck
respectively. Three of his cartoons won Academy Awards, the most for any starring Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
character: they are Tweetie Pie, Speedy Gonzales, and Birds Anonymous. Sylvester was #33 on TV Guide's list of top 50 best cartoon characters, together with Tweety.[2]

Contents

1 Character 2 In other media 3 Naming 4 Voice actors 5 Other appearances 6 Sylvester Jr. 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Character[edit] Sylvester's trademark is his sloppy and yet stridulating lisp. In his autobiography, That's Not All Folks!, voice actor Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
stated that Sylvester's voice is identical to his voice for Daffy Duck, only not sped up in post-production, plus the even more exaggerated slobbery lisp. Conventional wisdom is that Daffy's lisp, and hence also Sylvester's, were based on the lisp of producer Leon Schlesinger. However, Blanc made no such claim. He said that Daffy's lisp was based on him having a long beak and that he borrowed the voice for Sylvester.[3] He also said that Sylvester's voice was very much like his own, excluding the lisp (his son Noel Blanc has also confirmed this). In addition, director Bob Clampett, in a 1970 Funnyworld interview, agreed with Blanc's account concerning Schlesinger.[4] In many cartoons, Sylvester is shown intentionally sticking out his tongue while speaking, putting emphasis that the lisp is intentional. Sylvester is also known for spraying people he's talking to with the saliva from his lisping, which is a trait rarely shared by Daffy. A common gag used for both Sylvester and Daffy is a tendency to go on a long rant, complaining about a subject and then ending it by saying "sakes." Sylvester predecessors appeared from 1941-1944. Notes to You
Notes to You
was the first. It was remade in color in one of Sylvester's cartoons, Back Alley Oproar. The Hep Cat features another version, as well as Birdy and the Beast, which features Tweety
Tweety
Bird. To emphasize the lisp, as with Daffy's catchphrase "You're desthpicable", Sylvester's trademark exclamation is "Sufferin' succotash!", which is said to be a minced oath of "Suffering Savior". (Daffy also says "Sufferin' succotash!" from time to time in Ain't That Ducky, Baby Bottleneck, His Bitter Half, Hollywood Daffy, The Great Piggy Bank Robbery, Daffy Dilly, Fiesta Fiasco, Skyscraper Caper, You Were Never Duckier, and Duck Dodgers Jr.) Before Sylvester's appearance in the cartoons, Blanc voiced a character named Sylvester on The Judy Canova
Judy Canova
Show using the voice that would eventually become associated with the cat.[5] Sylvester shows a lot of pride in himself and never gives up. Despite (or perhaps because of) his pride and persistence, Sylvester is, with rare exceptions, placed squarely on the "loser" side of the Looney Tunes winner/loser hierarchy. He shows a different character when paired with Porky Pig
Porky Pig
in explorations of spooky places, in which he does not speak, behaves as a scaredy cat, and always seems to see the scary things Porky doesn't see and gets scolded by him for it every time. He also appears in a handful of cartoons with Elmer Fudd, most notably in a series of cartoons underwritten by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation extolling the American economic system. Sylvester, who for the most part always played the antagonist role, is featured playing the protagonist role in a couple of cartoons while having to deal with the canine duo of Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier after being chased around. In 1952's Tree for Two by Friz Freleng, Sylvester is cornered in the back alley and this would result in Spike getting mauled by a black panther that had escaped from a zoo. In the 1954 film Dr. Jerkyl's Hide, Sylvester pummels Spike (here called "Alfie") thanks to a potion that transforms him into a feline monster. After Spike's ordeal, Sylvester would have the courage and confidence to confront Chester, only to be beaten and tossed away by the little dog. Perhaps Sylvester's most developed role is in a series of Robert McKimson-directed shorts, in which the character is a hapless mouse-catching instructor to his dubious son, Sylvester Junior, with the "mouse" being a powerful baby kangaroo which he constantly mistakes for a "king-size mouse". His alternately confident and bewildered episodes bring his son to shame, while Sylvester himself is reduced to nervous breakdowns.</ref> Sylvester also had atypical roles in a few cartoons:

Kitty Kornered
Kitty Kornered
(1946), a Bob Clampett
Bob Clampett
cartoon in which a black-nosed, yellow-eyed Sylvester was teamed with three other cats to oust owner Porky Pig
Porky Pig
from his house. Back Alley Oproar
Back Alley Oproar
(1948), a Friz Freleng
Friz Freleng
cartoon (actually a remake of the 1941 short Notes to You) wherein Sylvester pesters the sleep-deprived Elmer Fudd
Elmer Fudd
by performing several amazing musical numbers in the alley (and even a sweet lullaby ("go to sleep... go to sleep... close your big bloodshot eyes...") to temporarily ease Elmer back to the dream world, though very temporarily. The Scarlet Pumpernickel
The Scarlet Pumpernickel
(1950), a Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
cartoon in which Sylvester plays the Basil Rathbone-like villain to Daffy Duck's Errol Flynn-esque hero. Red Riding Hoodwinked (1955) Sylvester co-stars with The Big Bad Wolf in which each not only tries to get their particular "prey" (Sylvester vs Tweety
Tweety
Bird and the Wolf vs Little Red Riding Hood) but they both nearly come to blows with each other playing "Grandma" ("Trying to muscle in on this racket")

In the 1970s and 1980s, Sylvester appeared in various Warner Bros. television specials, and in the 1980s, he appeared in the feature-film compilations. From 1979 to 1983, Sylvester was the "spokescat" for 9 Lives' line of dry cat food. His face appeared on the product's boxes and Sylvester was also featured in a series of television commercials. These ads usually consisted of Sylvester trying to get to his box of 9 Lives while avoiding Hector the Bulldog. Sylvester would always succeed in luring the dog away so he could get to his food, but would always find himself a target again by the end of the commercial, which generally ended with Sylvester calling 9 Lives dry food "worth riskin' your life for." In the television series Tiny Toon Adventures, Sylvester appeared as the mentor of Furrball. The character also starred in The Sylvester and Tweety
Tweety
Mysteries. In the series, he plays the narrator in the beginning of episodes. In Loonatics Unleashed, Sylvester's descendent and likely Sylvester Junior's descendent is Sylth Vester, a hitman hired by the villain, Queen Granicus, to kill the Royal Tweetums so she will not have to lose her throne. Despite his best efforts, he is beaten by the Loonatics. Later on the series, it is shown that he is not entirely a bad guy, for he helped the Loonatics find the Royal Tweetums (who was hidden) and fight against Optimatus and Deuce and their plan to take over the Universe. Just like his ancestor, Sylth Vester tries to kill Tweety's descendant using all kinds of tricks, but they all backfire, resulting in Sylth Vester getting many injuries. In 1985, Sylvester could be heard in an episode of the game show Press Your Luck. Host Peter Tomarken had earlier incorrectly credited his catchphrase "Suffering Succotash!" to Daffy Duck. Even though all three contestants had correctly answered "Sylvester," they were ruled incorrect. In a segment produced later and edited into the broadcast, Sylvester phoned Tomarken and told him, " Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck
steals from me all the time." All three participants returned to compete in future episodes. He has died more times than any other Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
character, having died in Peck Up Your Troubles, I Taw a Putty Tat, Back Alley Oproar, Mouse Mazurka, Bad Ol' Putty Tat, Ain't She Tweet, Satan's Waitin', Muzzle Tough, Sandy Claws, Tweety's Circus, Too Hop To Handle, Tree Cornered Tweety, Tweet and Lovely, Trick or Tweet, The Wild Chase, and Museum Scream. He was also cast in the role of the Jacob Marley-like ghost in Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Christmas. Western Publications produced a comic book about Tweety
Tweety
and Sylvester entitled Tweety
Tweety
and Sylvester first in Dell Comics
Dell Comics
Four Color
Four Color
series #406, 489, and 524, then in their own title from Dell Comics
Dell Comics
(#4-37, 1954–62), and later from Gold Key Comics
Gold Key Comics
(#1-102, 1963–72). In a Garfield
Garfield
cartoon, he made a cameo by sending Rosalina a love letter. In other media[edit]

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Sylvester appears in the Robot Chicken
Robot Chicken
episode "Werewolf vs. Unicorn" voiced by Patrick Pinney. During Arnold Schwarzenegger’s announcement of illegal aliens from Mexico, Sylvester demonstrates a wired fence that will keep the aliens out, only for it to be penetrated by Speedy Gonzales. Sylvester makes a cameo appearance in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, where he provides the punchline for a double-entendre joke regarding Judge Doom's (Christopher Lloyd) identity. Sylvester appears as part of the TuneSquad
TuneSquad
team in Space Jam, bearing the number 9 on his jersey. He also has two cameo appearances in Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but the second time, "Sylvester" is really Mr. Smith in disguise. In the Family Guy
Family Guy
episode Padre de Familia, Peter made up his American version of Speedy Gonzales
Speedy Gonzales
called Rapid Dave after he decided that immigrants shouldn't be allowed into America. Sylvester (In which Jeff Bergman reprises his role) appeared in the cartoon with Dave that Peter made, and tried to catch him. A baby version of Sylvester is part of the title cast of characters in Baby Looney Tunes. In The Simpsons
The Simpsons
episode Lisa's First Word, toddler Bart exclaims "Sufferin' succotash!" like Sylvester when Baby Lisa says her first word "Bart." Sylvester is featured in The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Show voiced by Jeff Bergman. He is shown living with Granny alongside Tweety. In "Point, Laser Point," it is revealed that Sylvester was attracted by a glowing red dot that was on his mother's necklace when he was young as experienced through hypnotic therapy done by Witch Lezah. It was also revealed that his mother (voiced by Estelle Harris) has retired to Florida (with Sylvester's mother being disappointed that Sylvester never kept wearing his retainer, never remembered where she lives in Florida, and has not caught Tweety
Tweety
yet). This episode also introduced Sylvester's brother Alan (voiced by Jeff Bennett). Sylvester also makes recurring appearances in New Looney Tunes, Sylvester has appeared in the video games, Sylvester and Tweety
Tweety
in Cagey Capers, The Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Crazy Castle, The Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Birthday Blowout, Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Rabbit Rampage, Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal, The Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Crazy Castle 2, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Looney Tunes: Space Race, and Bugs Bunny: Crazy Castle 3. Naming[edit] Although the character was named Sylvester in later cartoon shorts (beginning with 1948's Scaredy Cat), he was called "Thomas" in his first appearance with Tweety
Tweety
Bird in Tweetie Pie, most likely as a reference to a male cat being called a tom.[citation needed] His name was probably changed in order to avoid lawsuit from MGM because of Tom from Tom and Jerry.[citation needed] Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
had also voiced a human character named Sylvester on Judy Canova's radio show earlier in the 1940s. Sylvester was officially given his name in the 1948 Chuck Jones short, Scaredy Cat. Voice actors[edit]

Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
(1945–1989); (I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat) Archive Audio Joe Alaskey (The Sylvester & Tweety
Tweety
Mysteries, Tiny Toon Adventures, Father of the Bird, Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas, Looney Tunes: Stranger Than Fiction, Carrotblanca, Looney Tunes: Reality Check, Looney Tunes: Back In Action, Tweety's High-Flying Adventure, TomTom Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
GPS,[6] Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
ClickN READ Phonics, various video games) Terry Klassen (Baby Looney Tunes) Bill Farmer
Bill Farmer
(Space Jam) Jeff Bergman (Tiny Toon Adventures, Bugs Bunny's Overtures to Disaster, The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Show, Scooby Doo and Looney Tunes: Cartoon Universe, New Looney Tunes, Family Guy) Jeff Bennett (Museum Scream) Patrick Pinney (Robot Chicken) Kevin Shinick
Kevin Shinick
(Mad)

Other appearances[edit]

USS Alameda County.

Sylvester as emblem of the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron.

Sylvestor as emblem of the 151st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron.

Sylvester as seen in The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Show in this new design.

Sylvester (as well as Speedy Gonzales
Speedy Gonzales
and Porky Pig) appeared in a skit seen at the end of an episode of the game show Press Your Luck. Earlier in the episode, Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck
was incorrectly listed as the correct answer to the question "Which well-known cartoon character is famous for uttering the immortal words 'Sufferin Succotash!'?" At the end of the episode, Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
called the show in his Sylvester voice to correct host Peter Tomarken on the gaffe. Tomarken assured "Sylvester" that future "Looney Tunes"-related questions would be run by Sylvester's office and that the three contestants in the episode would be given a second chance, as any spins that were to be awarded for the correct answer would have affected the course of the episode's gameplay.[citation needed] Sylvester Jr.[edit] Main article: Sylvester Jr. See also[edit]

Cartoon portal Animation portal Fictional characters portal

List of cartoons featuring Sylvester "I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat"

References[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sylvester the Cat.

^ "Sylvester aka Sylvester J. Pussycat Sr. aka Puddy Tat". comicbookrealm. July 23, 2012.  ^ "TV Guide's 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time". CNN. July 30, 2002.  ^ Blanc, Mel; Bashe, Philip (1988). That's Not All, Folks!. Warner Books. ISBN 0-446-51244-3.  ^ An interview with Bob Clampett ^ The Judy Canova
Judy Canova
Show, September 7, 1943, as rebroadcast on XM Radio's Old Time Radio channel August 13, 2008. ^ Eh, what's up, Doc? TomTom offers Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
voices for GPS navigators Consumer Reports. September 27, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2016.

External links[edit]

Sylvester's history at Warner Bros' official website (requires flash). Sylvester Pussycat at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on January 1, 2018.

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