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Tugboat Granny
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Directed By: Friz Freleng
Produced By: Eddie Selzer
Released: June 23, 1956
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Warren Foster
Animation: Gerry Chiniquy
Arthur Davis
Virgil Ross
Layouts: Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds: Irv Wyner
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
June Foray
Music: Milt Franklyn
Starring: Granny
Tweety
Sylvester
Preceded By: Napoleon Bunny-Part
Succeeded By: Stupor Duck

Tugboat Granny is a 1956 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng. The short subject features Tweety, Granny, and Sylvester.

Title

The title is a play on Tugboat Annie, and this is the only Warner Bros. cartoon to bear Granny's name.

Plot

Granny and Tweety are happily piloting a rented tugboat in a harbor, singing a kiddie-song duet about the carefree joys of their activity. Sylvester hides in a fisherman's basket, but is attacked by a crab. He sees the boat carrying the canary chug past.

Sylvester's attempts, all unsuccessful, include the following:
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  • Using a rowboat to get to the tug. Tweety drops anchor in the boat's hull, sinking Sylvester (though he comes out onto the beach still rowing with the oars).
  • Using an inflatable raft, which is deflated by Tweety's dart ("Hey, puddy tat! Wook what I found! Here, you can have it!").
  • Two attempts at jumping off the bridge. The first jump is mistimed, as Sylvester lands in the smokestack, leaving him with his rear end on fire. A follow-up attempt from another bridge to parachute onto the boat's deck ("Oh, that bad ol' puddy tat! He never give up!") results in a jammed pack, which only opens after Sylvester sinks to the bottom of the canal ("Aww, the poor puddy tat. Got himself all soaking wet.").
  • Using a snorkel to swim to the boat. A seagull finds Sylvester's pipe the perfect resting place (blocking the airway); the cat is left holding the egg.
  • Driving a motorboat, but Sylvester drives instead into the rapids and over a waterfall.
  • A lasso ("That puddy tat thinks he a cowboy!"), which instead grabs the antenna of a speedboat. Sylvester decides to show off several waterskiing tricks ... until the inattentive puddy smashes into a pole. As he floats upside-down, a fish gurgles Tweety's signature line: "I tawt I taw a puddy tat."

Availability

Notes

  • Granny only appears in the opening scene.
  • Some of the scenes would later be recycled in a Pink Panther cartoon called "Reel Pink", due to the fact that some of the Warner Bros. animators would establish DePatie-Freleng Enterprises as well as being hired by United Artists to create Pink Panther and other cartoons eight years later.

References

Further Reading

  • Friedwald, Will and Jerry Beck. "The Warner Brothers Cartoons." Scarecrow Press Inc., Metuchen, N.J., 1981. ISBN 0-8108-1396-3.

External links

Preceded by
Tree Cornered Tweety
Tweety and Sylvester cartoons
1956
Succeeded by
Tweet Zoo