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Trip for Tat
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Directed By: Friz Freleng
Produced By: John W. Burton
Released: October 29, 1960
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Michael Maltese
Animation: Gerry Chiniquy
Virgil Ross
Tom Ray
Layouts: Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds: Tom O'Loughlin
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
June Foray
Music: Milt Franklyn
Starring: Sylvester
Tweety
Granny
Preceded By: Hopalong Casualty
Succeeded By: Dog Gone People
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Trip For Tat

Trip for Tat is a 1960 Merrie Melodies animated short starring Sylvester, Tweety, and Granny. Although it contains a new plot, wherein Granny and Tweety travel to various locations (Paris, Swiss Alps, Japan, and Italy) while Sylvester tries to eat Tweety in every one, the cartoon is mostly made up of footage from previous cartoons. Here are the cartoons which the short borrows animation from, in order of appearance:

  • Tweety's S.O.S. (1951): The entire boat sequence.
  • Tree Cornered Tweety (1956): The sequence where Sylvester tries to catch Tweety on skis, as well as the bridge scene (with the American fisherman changed to a stereotypical Japanese fisherman).
  • Tweet Tweet Tweety (1951): The sequence where Sylvester swings towards Tweety on a balcony while barely avoiding a construction pillar.
  • A Pizza Tweety Pie (1958): The final sequence where Sylvester eats spaghetti in the restaurant.

The only new animation in the short is at the beginning when the world tour is described to Granny, the finger painting sequence, when Sylvester is first in the Alps and Japan, and Tweety looking up at Sylvester cutting through the floorboards.

Censorship

  • Although the cartoon aired uncut on Cartoon Network and Boomerang (see video on the page for more info), the post-1994 ABC version of this cartoon cuts out two scenes featuring ethnic stereotyping:
    • The scene of Sylvester sawing a hole in the bridge in Japan faded out just as Sylvester falls through the bridge. The part cut was a scene where Sylvester crashes into a Japanese fisherman's boat and sinks it.
    • The end where Sylvester tells the audience in a fake Italian accent that "Pussycats should eat-a da spaghetta. It-a make-a you nice and fat," and slurps down a bowlful of spaghetti is cut with a fake iris-out after Sylvester declares that "birds are off his list." This scene is censored because it suggests that Italians are fat because they eat huge servings of spaghetti.

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