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TWEETY (short for TWEETY BIRD or TWEETY PIE) is an animated fictional yellow canary in the Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
and Merrie Melodies series of animated cartoons. The name "Tweety" is a play on words, as it originally meant "sweetie", along with "tweet" being a typical English onomatopoeia for the sounds of birds . His characteristics are based on Red Skelton
Red Skelton
's famous "Mean Widdle Kid." Tweety
Tweety
appeared in 47 cartoons in the golden age .

CONTENTS

* 1 Personality and identity * 2 Creation by Bob Clampett
Bob Clampett
* 3 Freleng takes over * 4 Later appearances * 5 Modern art * 6 Comic books

* 7 Tweety\'s Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
and Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
filmography

* 7.1 Directed by Bob Clampett
Bob Clampett
* 7.2 Directed by Friz Freleng
Friz Freleng
* 7.3 Directed by Gerry Chiniquy * 7.4 Directed by Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
* 7.5 Post-Golden Age of American animation

* 8 Voice actors * 9 References * 10 External links

PERSONALITY AND IDENTITY

Despite the perceptions that people may hold, owing to the long lashes and high pitched voice (which Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
provided), Tweety
Tweety
is male, although his ambiguity was played with. For example, in the cartoon Snow Business , when Granny entered a room containing Tweety and Sylvester she said: "Here I am, boys!", whereas a 1951 cartoon was entitled Ain\'t SHE Tweet . Also, his species is ambiguous; although originally and often portrayed as a young canary , he is also frequently called a rare and valuable "tweety bird" as a plot device, and once called "the only living specimen". Nevertheless, the title song of The Sylvester he became even less aggressive when Granny was introduced, but occasionally Tweety
Tweety
still showed a malicious side.

CREATION BY BOB CLAMPETT

Tweety's debut in A Tale of Two Kitties

Bob Clampett
Bob Clampett
created the character that would become Tweety
Tweety
in the 1942 short A Tale of Two Kitties , pitting him against two hungry cats named Babbit and Catstello (based on the famous comedians Abbott and Costello ). On the original model sheet, Tweety
Tweety
was named ORSON (which was also the name of a bird character from an earlier Clampett cartoon Wacky Blackout ).

Tweety
Tweety
was created not as a domestic canary, but as a generic (and wild) baby bird in an outdoors nest: naked (pink), jowly, and also far more aggressive and saucy, as opposed to the later, more well-known version of him as a less hot-tempered (but still somewhat ornery) yellow canary. In the documentary Bugs Bunny: Superstar , animator Clampett stated, in a sotto voce "aside" to the audience, that Tweety had been based "on my own naked baby picture". Clampett did two more shorts with the "naked genius", as a Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante
-ish cat once called him in A Gruesome Twosome . The second Tweety
Tweety
short, Birdy and the Beast , finally bestowed the baby bird with his new name, and gave him his blue eyes.

Many of Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
's characters are known for speech impediments. One of Tweety's most noticeable is that /s/, /k/, and /g/ are changed to /t/, /d/, or (final s) /θ/; for example, "pussy cat" comes out as "putty tat", later rendered "puddy tat", and "sweetie pie" comes out as "tweetie pie", hence his name. He also has trouble with liquid consonants : as with Elmer Fudd
Elmer Fudd
, /l/ and /r/ come out as /w/. In Canary Row and Putty Tat Trouble , he begins the cartoon by singing a song about himself, "I'm a tweet wittow biwd in a gilded cage; Tweety'th my name but I don't know my age. I don't have to wuwy and dat is dat; I'm tafe in hewe fwom dat ol' putty tat." (Translation: "I'm a sweet little bird in a gilded cage...") Aside from this speech challenge, Tweety's voice is that of Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
's, done a speed up only (if The Old Grey Hare , which depicts Bugs as an infant, is any indication of that); the only difference is that Bugs does not have trouble pronouncing /s/, /k/ and /g/ as mentioned above.

FRELENG TAKES OVER

Clampett began work on a short that would pit Tweety
Tweety
against a then-unnamed, lisping black and white cat created by Friz Freleng
Friz Freleng
in 1945. However, Clampett left the studio before going into full production on the short, and Freleng took on the project. Freleng toned Tweety
Tweety
down and gave him a cuter appearance, including large blue eyes and yellow feathers. Clampett mentions in Bugs Bunny: Superstar that the feathers were added to satisfy censors who objected to the naked bird. The first short to team Tweety
Tweety
and the cat, later named Sylvester , was 1947's Tweetie Pie , which won Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
its first Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons) .

Sylvester and Tweety
Tweety
proved to be one of the most notable pairings in animation history. Most of their cartoons followed a standard formula:

* The hungry Sylvester wanting to eat the bird, but some major obstacle stands in his way – usually Granny or her bulldog Hector (or occasionally, numerous bulldogs, or another cat who also wants to eat Tweety). * Tweety
Tweety
saying his signature lines "I tawt I taw a puddy tat!" and "I did! I did taw a puddy tat!" (Originally "I did! I taw a puddy tat!", but the extra "did" got inserted somehow). Eventually, someone must have commented on the grammar of "...did taw..."; in later cartoons, Tweety
Tweety
says "I did! I did tee a puddy tat!". * Sylvester spending the entire film using progressively more elaborate schemes or devices to capture his meal, similar to Wile E. Coyote in his ongoing efforts to catch roadrunners. Of course, each of his tricks fail, either due to their flaws or, more often than not, because of intervention by either Hector the Bulldog or an indignant Granny (voiced by Bea Benaderet and later June Foray ), or after Tweety
Tweety
steers the enemy toward them or another device (such as off the ledge of a tall building or an oncoming train).

In a few of the cartoons, Sylvester does manage to briefly eat Tweety up with a gulp, however, either Granny or another character makes him spit Tweety
Tweety
out right away. Sylvester was also briefly eaten by Hector the Bulldog, and forced by Granny to spit him out. This occurred during the Christmas special episode, and as a punishment, both Sylvester and Hector were tied up with their mouths gagged shut.

In 1951, Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
(with Billy May
Billy May
's orchestra) had a hit single with " I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat ", a song performed in character by Tweety
Tweety
and featuring Sylvester. In the lyrics Sylvester sings "I'd like to eat that Sweetie Pie when he leaves his cage", implying that Tweety's name is actually Sweetie Pie, altered in its pronunciation by Tweety's speech impediment . Sylvester, who has his own speech issues involving the sounds /s/ and /p/, slobbers the "S" in "Sweetie Pie", just as he would the /s/ sounds in his own name. Later the same name was applied to the young, pink female canary in the Tiny Toon Adventures animated TV series of the early 1990s.

From 1945 until the original Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Cartoons studio closed, Freleng had almost exclusive use of Tweety
Tweety
at the Warner cartoon studio (much like Yosemite Sam
Yosemite Sam
), with the exception of a brief cameo in No Barking in 1954, directed by Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
(that year, Freleng used Pepé Le Pew
Pepé Le Pew
, a Jones character, for the only time in his career and the only time in a Tweety
Tweety
short, Dog Pounded ).

LATER APPEARANCES

Tweety
Tweety
had a small part in Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
, making Eddie Valiant ( Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
) fall from a flag pole by playing "This Little Piggy " with Valiant's fingers and releasing his grip. The scene is essentially a re-creation of a gag from A Tale of Two Kitties, with Valiant replacing Catstello as Tweety's victim.

During the 1990s, Tweety
Tweety
also starred in the animated TV series The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries , in which Granny ran a detective agency with the assistance of Tweety, Sylvester and Hector. Tweety
Tweety
has the starring role. The storyline carries into the 2000 direct-to-video feature-length animated film Tweety\'s High-Flying Adventure .

In the 1995 cartoon short Carrotblanca , a parody/homage to Casablanca , Tweety
Tweety
appeared as "Usmarte", a parody of the character Ugarte played by Peter Lorre
Peter Lorre
in the original film. In several sequences, Tweety
Tweety
was speaking and laughing in character like Peter Lorre. He also does the Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
ending instead of Porky Pig
Porky Pig
or Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
. This is also notable for being a rare instance where Tweety
Tweety
is playing a villain character.

In 2001, a younger version of Tweety
Tweety
appeared on Baby Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
, thus coming full circle from his earliest appearances.

Tweety
Tweety
is featured, with his Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
co-stars, in Cartoon Network 's series, The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Show . He is voiced by Jeff Bergman . He appeared in the episode Ridiculous Journey, where he and Sylvester work together to avoid getting eaten by Taz. He had been revealed to have fought in World War II alongside a young Granny. Sylvester also asked him how old he was, to which Tweety
Tweety
replied, "I'll never tell." Sylvester then asked if Tweety
Tweety
would at least tell him if he (Tweety) was a boy or a girl. Tweety
Tweety
whispered into his ear and Sylvester had a surprised expression, and said "Huh, I was wrong."

MODERN ART

British artist Banksy
Banksy
's 2008 New York art installation The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill features "Tweety", an animatronic sculpture of an aged and molting version of the character.

COMIC BOOKS

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), then later from Gold Key Comics
Gold Key Comics
(#1-102, 1963–72).

TWEETY\'S LOONEY TUNES AND MERRIE MELODIES FILMOGRAPHY

DIRECTED BY BOB CLAMPETT

* A Tale of Two Kitties (1942) * Birdy and the Beast (1944) * A Gruesome Twosome (1945)

DIRECTED BY FRIZ FRELENG

* Tweetie Pie (1947) * I Taw a Putty Tat
I Taw a Putty Tat
(1948) * Bad Ol\' Putty Tat (1949) * Home Tweet Home (1950) * All a Bir-r-r-rd (1950) * Canary Row (1950) * Putty Tat Trouble (1951) * Room and Bird
Bird
(1951) * Tweety\'s S.O.S. (1951) * Tweet Tweet Tweety (1951) * Gift Wrapped (1952) * Ain\'t She Tweet (1952) * A Bird
Bird
In A Guilty Cage (1952) * Snow Business (1953) * Fowl Weather (1953) * Tom Tom Tomcat (1953) * A Street Cat Named Sylvester (1953) * Catty Cornered (1953) * Dog Pounded (1954) * Muzzle Tough (1954) * Satan\'s Waitin\' (1954) * Sandy Claws (1955) * Tweety\'s Circus (1955) * Red Riding Hoodwinked (1955) * Heir-Conditioned (1955) - cameo appearance * Tweet and Sour (1956) * Tree Cornered Tweety (1956) * Tugboat Granny (1956) * Tweet Zoo (1957) * Tweety and the Beanstalk (1957) * Birds Anonymous (1957) * Greedy for Tweety (1957) * A Pizza Tweety Pie (1958) * A Bird
Bird
in a Bonnet (1958) * Trick or Tweet (1959) * Tweet and Lovely (1959) * Tweet Dreams (1959) * Hyde and Go Tweet (1960) * Trip For Tat (1960) * The Rebel Without Claws (1961) * The Last Hungry Cat (1961) * The Jet Cage (1962)

DIRECTED BY GERRY CHINIQUY

* Hawaiian Aye Aye (1964)-MM

DIRECTED BY CHUCK JONES

* No Barking (1954) - cameo appearance-MM

POST-GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN ANIMATION

* Bugs Bunny\'s Looney Christmas Tales (1979), voiced by Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
* Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
(1988), voiced by Mel Blanc * Tiny Toon Adventures (1990), voiced by Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen

* Carrotblanca (1995), voiced by Bob Bergen * Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries (1995), voiced by Joe Alaskey * Superior Duck (1996), voiced by Eric Goldberg * Space Jam
Space Jam
(1996), voiced by Bob Bergen * Tweety\'s High-Flying Adventure (2000), voiced by Joe Alaskey * Baby Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
(2001), voiced by Samuel Vincent * Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), voiced by Eric Goldberg * Museum Scream (2004), voiced by Billy West
Billy West
* Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Christmas (2006), voiced by Bob Bergen * The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Show (2011), voiced by Jeff Bergman * I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat (2011), voiced by Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
(Archive Audio) * Scooby Doo and Looney Tunes: Cartoon Universe (2014), voiced by Bob Bergen * Flash in the Pain (2016), voiced by Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
(Archive Audio)

VOICE ACTORS

Legendary voice artist MEL BLANC originated the character's voice. After the Golden Age of American Animation
Golden Age of American Animation
came to an end, Blanc continued to voice the character in TV specials, commercials, music recordings, and films, such as 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
, which was one of Blanc's final projects as Tweety. Following Blanc's death in 1989, several voice actors have provided the voice in his stead. These voice actors are:

* Jeff Bergman ( Tiny Toon Adventures , Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years, The Earth Day Special , The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Show , various commercials) * Bob Bergen (Tiny Toon Adventures, Carrotblanca , Space Jam
Space Jam
, Looney Tunes: Back in Action – The Video Game , Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Christmas , Looney Tunes: Cartoon Conductor , Scooby Doo and Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Cartoon Universe, Robot Chicken
Robot Chicken
, Wabbit , various commercials and video games) * Greg Burson ( Animaniacs
Animaniacs
) * Joe Alaskey ( The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries , Quest for Camelot Sing-A-Longs, Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Sing-A-Longs, Tweety\'s High Flying Adventure , Looney Tunes: Reality Check, Looney Tunes: Stranger Than Fiction, Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
ClickN READ Phonics, various commercials and video games) * Eric Goldberg (Superior Duck, Looney Tunes: Back in Action ) * Samuel Vincent (Baby Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
, Baby Looney Tunes: Egg-straordinary Adventure ) * Billy West
Billy West
(Museum Scream)

REFERENCES

* ^ Beck, Jerry (May 27, 2005). " Tweety
Tweety
- Male or Female?". Cartoon Brew. Archived from the original on December 23, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2017. * ^ " Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
- Stars of the Show - Tweety". Warner Bros. Archived from the original on October 1, 2002. Retrieved February 18, 2017. * ^ "Sylvester and Tweety". Cartoon Network. Archived from the original on January 23, 2001. Retrieved February 18, 2017. * ^ "Excerpt of "Song of the Marines"". Daily Motion. * ^ Patel, Kunur; Beer, Jeff (2008-10-09). " Banksy
Banksy
and fake meat invade the Village". Creativity Online. Crain Communications. Retrieved 2008-10-11.

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