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Tweetie Pie
Directed By: Bob Clampett (planned)
I. Freleng (finished)
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: May 3, 1947
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Michael Maltese
Tedd Pierce
Animation: Gerry Chiniquy
Manuel Perez
Virgil Ross
Ken Champin
Layouts: Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds: Terry Lind
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Bea Benaderet (uncredited)
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Sylvester
Preceded By: Birth of a Notion
Succeeded By: Rabbit Transit

Tweetie Pie is a 1947 Merrie Melodies short. It was the first cartoon to pair Tweety and Sylvester, and also the first Warner Bros. short to earn an Oscar for Best Animated Short. It was later re-released as a Blue Ribbon reissue in 1955.


Bob Clampett was working on a 4th Tweety episode in which Tweety was going to be paired with Friz Freleng's and Clampett's unnamed cat Sylvester. He was fired and left before finishing the project.

Freleng wanted to pair his woodpecker in Peck Up Your Troubles with Sylvester again. When Freleng wanted to replace the woodpecker with Tweety, Selzer objected thinking that pairing Sylvester The Cat with Tweety Bird was not a good decision. The argument culminated when Friz reportedly slammed his drawing-pencil on Eddie's desk, telling the producer that if he thought he knew so much about cartoons, then he should do the work instead.

Eddie backed off on the issue and apologized to Friz later that evening, which was a wise decision for 2 reasons:

1. Warner Brothers didn't lose a talented director like Friz Freleng;

2. Tweetie Pie, the very 1st Tweety/Sylvester cartoon, went on to win Warner Brothers' 1st Academy Award For Best Short Film (1947), with the duo proving to be one of the most endearing of Looney Tunes pairs (alongside other pairs such as Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck and Porky Pig.) After this cartoon, Tweety and Sylvester would be permanently paired up with each other for the rest of the Golden Age. Even so, Sylvester appeared in many cartoons without Tweety, as Tweety appeared in only 42 cartoons between 1942-64 and Sylvester appeared in 103 from 1945-69, excluding his prototypes.


As the cartoon begins, Thomas (as Sylvester is called in this film) captures Tweety, whom he finds outside in the snow, getting warm by a cigar. The cat's mistress, an unseen owner, saves the bird from being eaten by the cat, whom she promptly reprimands.

Tweety is brought inside, and the mistress warns Thomas not to bother the bird. Ignoring this command, Thomas initiates a series of failed attempts to get Tweety from his cage, each ending in a noisy crash bringing the lady of the house to whack Thomas with a broom, and then finally, throw him out.

The cat tries to get back into the house through the chimney. Tweety puts wood in the fireplace, pours gasoline on it and lights it. The phoom sends Thomas flying right back up the chimney and into a bucket of frozen water.

However, Thomas gets back in the house via a window in the basement and creates a Rube Goldberg-esque trap to capture Tweety, which of course, backfires and injures him instead. Finally, Thomas tries to capture Tweety by running up to the attic and sawing a hole around Tweety's cage, but he ends up causing the entire inner ceiling to collapse (sans Tweety's cage, which is being held in place by a beam). The faux pas creates such a racket that Thomas is sure the mistress will come downstairs and wallop him, and so, he takes her broom, breaks it in half, and tosses the pieces into the fire. This proves to be a bad move, as he finds himself being walloped on the head repeatedly with a Tweety.




  • On early TV airings of the cartoon from the 70's or 80's, the original opening soundtrack was heard over the A.A.P and opening titles of the cartoon for some odd reason.[1]
  • The Rube-Goldberg esque contraption was previously used in Trap Happy Porky, although unlike this cartoon where the trap fails in Trap Happy Porky the trap was successful (co-incidently both Trap Happy Porky and Tweetie Pie were written by Tedd Pierce).
  • The "kiss the wittow birdie" scenario of Sylvester asked to kiss Tweety, only to eat the bird and get forced to spit it out would be re-used for two more times; Gift Wrapped (1952) and Catty Cornered (1953).
  • In this cartoon, Sylvester is called "Thomas", a reference of Tom Cat from MGM's Tom & Jerry, one of WB's rivals at the time. In 1948 the name was changed to Sylvester (beginning from the cartoon Scaredy Cat), presumably to avoid lawsuit from MGM.
  • This is the first cartoon Tweety has feathers and is defined as a canary. Prior to that, Tweety was pink, naked (no feathers) and is defined as a baby bird of an unknown bird species. According to Bob Clampett in the documantary film Bugs Bunny Superstar, Tweety was given feathers to satisfy censors who objected his featherless appearance which was considered "too naked".
  • Although not a direct remake, most of the cartoon's concept were derived from The Cagey Canary, a 1941 one-shot Merrie Melodies cartoon planned by Tex Avery and finished by Bob Clampett, also featuring another cat-and-canary pairing with a similar premise (Co-incidently both Tweetie Pie and The Cagey Canary were written by Michael Maltese).
  • Sylvester doesn't speak in this short, the other Tweety shorts where Sylvester is mute are Bad Ol' Putty TatPutty Tat Trouble and Tree Cornered Tweety.
  • Although the original titles have not yet been restored for DVD, historians have found black and white copies of the original titles. 


Tweetie Pie is currently available with its Blue Ribbon title sequences on the following home media releases;

  1. Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2 and Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection: Volume 2 [DVD]
  2. TCM Academy Award-Winning Classic Cartoons (Barnes & Noble Exclusive) [DVD]
  3. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection [DVD]
  4. Looney Tunes Super Stars' Tweety & Sylvester: Feline Fwenzy [DVD]
  5. Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 1 [Blu-Ray/DVD]
  6. Looney Tunes Showcase: Volume 1 [DVD]
  7. Tweety Pie and Friends [DVD], may be unrestored.

It was also previously available on the following home media releases before they were discontinued:

  1. The Best Of Bugs Bunny and Friends [VHS]
  2. Little Tweety And Little Inki Cartoon Festival Featuring "I Taw A Putty Tat" [VHS]
  3. Cartoon Moviestars: Tweety and Sylvester [VHS]
  4. The Golden Age of Looney Tunes Volumer 1 [Laserdisc]
  5. Looney Tunes The Collectors Edition Volume 15: A Battle of Wits [VHS]


Sylvester Cartoons
1945 Life with FeathersPeck Up Your Troubles
1946 Kitty Kornered
1947 Tweetie PieDoggone CatsCatch as Cats Can
1948 Back Alley OproarI Taw a Putty TatHop, Look and ListenKit For CatScaredy Cat
1949 Mouse MazurkaBad Ol' Putty TatHippety Hopper
1950 Home Tweet HomeThe Scarlet PumpernickelAll a Bir-r-r-rdCanary RowStooge for a MousePop 'Im Pop!
1951 Canned FeudPutty Tat TroubleRoom and BirdTweety's S.O.S.Tweet Tweet Tweety
1952 Who's Kitten Who?Gift WrappedLittle Red Rodent HoodAin't She TweetHoppy Go LuckyA Bird in a Guilty CageTree for Two
1953 Snow BusinessA Mouse DividedFowl WeatherTom Tom TomcatA Street Cat Named SylvesterCatty CorneredCats A-Weigh
1954 Dog PoundedBell HoppyDr. Jerkyl's HideClaws for AlarmMuzzle ToughSatan's Waitin'By Word of Mouse
1955 Lighthouse MouseSandy ClawsTweety's CircusJumpin' JupiterClaws for AlarmA Kiddies KittySpeedy GonzalesRed Riding HoodwinkedHeir-ConditionedPappy's Puppy
1956 Too Hop to HandleTweet and SourTree Cornered TweetyThe Unexpected PestTugboat GrannyThe Slap-Hoppy MouseYankee Dood It
1957 Tweet ZooTweety and the BeanstalkBirds AnonymousGreedy For TweetyMouse-Taken IdentityGonzales' Tamales
1958 A Pizza Tweety PieA Bird in a Bonnet
1959 Trick or TweetTweet and LovelyCat's PawHere Today, Gone TamaleTweet Dreams
1960 West of the PesosGoldimouse and the Three CatsHyde and Go TweetMouse and GardenTrip For Tat
1961 Cannery WoeHoppy DazeBirds of a FatherD' Fightin' OnesThe Rebel Without ClawsThe Pied Piper of GuadalupeThe Last Hungry Cat
1962 Fish and SlipsMexican BoardersThe Jet Cage
1963 Mexican Cat DanceChili WeatherClaws In The Lease
1964 A Message to GraciasFreudy CatNuts and VoltsHawaiian Aye AyeRoad to Andalay
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around The HouseCats and BruisesThe Wild Chase
1966 A Taste of Catnip
1995 Carrotblanca
1997 Father of the Bird
2011 I Tawt I Taw A Putty Tat
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-rdCanary 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 Putty Tat

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