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A Tale of Two Kitties
Directed By: Bob Clampett
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: November 21, 1942
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Warren Foster
Animation: Rod Scribner
Rev Chaney (uncredited)
Robert McKimson (uncredited)
Virgil Ross (uncredited)
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Sidney Sutherland (uncredited)
Layouts: Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Backgrounds: Richard H. Thomas (uncredited)
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Tweety
Babbit and Catstello
Preceded By: The Hare-Brained Hypnotist
Succeeded By: My Favorite Duck
A Tale of Two Kitties - 1942 - Merrie Melodies

A Tale of Two Kitties - 1942 - Merrie Melodies

A Tale of Two Kitties is a 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Bob Clampett. It is notable for introducing the character Tweety. It was also the first appearance of Babbit and Catstello, based on the popular comedy duo Abbott and Costello.


The title is an obvious pun on the Charles Dickens classic, A Tale of Two Cities, but there is no other connection between the two "Tales".


The cartoon is replete with topical references, many having to do with World War II. One gag has the "Babbit" cat hoeing his "Victory garden". Another has the "Catstello" cat gliding through the air on artificial wings like a warplane ("Hey, Babbitt! I'm a Spitfire!" followed by a few juicy expectorations). The climax has Tweety admonishing the cats, in a very loud and un-Tweety-like voice, to "TURN OUT THOSE LIGHTS!" during an air raid drill. (Babbit and Catstello see Tweety on the ground ["Now's our chance!"] and creep up on him. They approach him, eyes bulging, claws drawn, big teeth exposed. He turns and yells; the cats' eyes—the street light—and the moon all blink out.) Tweety reveals early on that his cute appearance masks a willingness to be merciless, even sadistic, towards anyone who threatens him. After slipping one of the cats a bomb which explodes (offscreen), the bird remarks, "Aw, da poor putty tat - he cwushed his widdow head!" Followed by a big grin. (This line was patterned after a catchphrase from a Red Skelton character, and would be used in other Warner cartoons, such as "Easter Yeggs".)


Since the cartoon has fallen into the public domain, it can be found on numerous unauthorized video releases. Additionally, it is available on the following official video releases:


When this short aired on The WB, Catstello' line after Babbit says, "Gimme the bird! Gimme the bird!" -- "If the Hays Office would only let me, I'd give 'im the bird alright!" -- was cut (as "the bird" Catstello is referring to is a slang term for giving someone the middle finger, which is considered a rude gesture in most cultures and a taboo by the Hays Office back in the day).[1] Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TBS and TNT however left this scene uncut.



Tweety Cartoons
1942 A Tale of Two Kitties
1944 Birdy and the Beast
1945 A Gruesome Twosome
1947 Tweetie Pie
1948 I Taw a Putty Tat
1949 Bad Ol' Putty Tat
1950 Home Tweet HomeAll a Bir-r-r-dCanary Row
1951 Putty Tat TroubleRoom and BirdTweety's S.O.S.Tweet Tweet Tweety
1952 Gift WrappedAin't She TweetA Bird in a Guilty Cage
1953 Snow BusinessFowl WeatherTom Tom TomcatA Street Cat Named SylvesterCatty Cornered
1954 Dog PoundedMuzzle ToughSatan's Waitin'
1955 Sandy ClawsTweety's CircusRed Riding HoodwinkedHeir-Conditioned
1956 Tweet and SourTree Cornered TweetyTugboat Granny
1957 Tweet ZooTweety and the BeanstalkBirds AnonymousGreedy for Tweety
1958 A Pizza Tweety-PieA Bird in a Bonnet
1959 Trick or TweetTweet and LovelyTweet Dreams
1960 Hyde and Go TweetTrip for Tat
1961 The Rebel Without ClawsThe Last Hungry Cat
1962 The Jet Cage
1964 Hawaiian Aye Aye
2011 I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat