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Birdy and the Beast
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Directed By: Bob Clampett
Produced By: Eddie Selzer
Released: August 19, 1944
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Warren Foster
Animation: Tom McKimson
Robert McKimson (uncredited)
Virgil Ross (uncredited)
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Manny Gould (uncredited)
Layouts:
Backgrounds:
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Bob Clampett (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Tweety
Schnooks
Bulldog
Hen
Preceded By: From Hand to Mouse
Succeeded By: Buckaroo Bugs
Merrie Melodies - Birdy and the Beast Restored

Merrie Melodies - Birdy and the Beast Restored

Birdy and the Beast is a 1944 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Bob Clampett. The short subject stars Tweety and a Cat.

Title

The title is a play on the French fairy tale, "Beauty and the Beast".

Plot

Tweety is sitting in his nest, when a cat watches him. Tweety flies off and the cat chases after him. The cat can't fly, so instead he falls to the ground. By chance he falls on a bulldog, called Butch, who decides to help Tweety.

The cat chases Tweety, but Tweety scares him off. Tweety fools the cat by hiding in Butch's dish. The cat comes in and starts looking at Butch's dish. Butch comes in and pounds the cat to the ground.

Tweety wanders into the Cat's mouth, while he is looking for Tweety. Tweety lights the cats tongue on fire by putting a match on it. As the cat runs, Tweety helps the cat by using a hose and putting the fire. When he fires the hose (wearing a fireman hat), it turns out to be connected to a gas can, and gasoline goes into the Cat's mouth, causing him to explode.

The cat survives, but he's still out to get Tweety. When he arrives at the top of tree, he becomes a nest. Tweety gets into it, but a hen who is laying eggs causes him to get off. When she's finished, she flies off. The cat's mouth is full of eggs. His attempt to catch Tweety once again fails when a grenade lands next to him, and he accidentally stuffs it in his mouth. He blows up and Tweety says, "You know I lose more putty tats that way!"

Availability

Notes

  • This is the final Merrie Melodies release to credit Leon Schlesinger.
  • This is the only Tweety short animated by Tom McKimson.
  • This is the first Tweety cartoon to star Tweety, as the previous short, "A Tale of Two Kitties", was more centered around the two cats Babbit and Catstello, than Tweety.
  • The cat has been identified elsewhere[1] as Schnooks, and can be regarded as a prototype Sylvester, albeit with a very different design.
  • In the dubbed version, the 1938-1941 closing theme plays instead for both EU and US dubbed.
  • The non-dubbed version has been restored as well as the 1944 ending card.
  • The Russian dub of the restored print uses the dubbed version's soundtrack, hence the 1938-41 end cue at the end title.
  • Butch is a prototype for Hector the Bulldog with the same appearance, but a different name.

Gallery

References

  1. http://www.erictb.info/ltmm.html

External Links

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