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A Street Cat Named Sylvester is a 1953 Looney Tunes short directed by Friz Freleng.


The title is a play on A Streetcar Named Desire, a play later made into a film. It is a misnomer, because Tweety is the homeless one here, and Sylvester is Granny's pet.


Tweety stumbles into Sylvester's house looking for shelter and Sylvester hesitates if he saw a tweety bird in the same manner Tweety wonders if he saw a 'Putty Cat'. Sylvester snatches him inside but has to hide Tweety in a vase covered by books, when Granny appears. While an injured Hector remains bedridden, Sylvester causes whatever diversion he can to stop Granny from spotting Tweety, making Granny give multiple doses of medicine to Hector. When Hector gets in Sylvester's way from eating Tweety, Sylvester injures himself. Tweety spikes Hector's medicine resulting in Sylvester ingesting the disgusting stuff.



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  • On ABC, the end where Sylvester is laid up with injuries had the scene of Hector bashing Sylvester's broken foot replaced with Tweety mixing additional medicines in Sylvester's bottle (and, despite claims to the contrary, the scene of Tweety lacing Sylvester's medicine with additional medicines wasn't edited).[1][2]
  • The Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon version left in Hector bashing Sylvester's broken foot, but cut off Tweety's final line, "That puddy tat's gonna be in an awful pwedicament when that medicine starts to work" and ended the cartoon with Tweety laughing as Sylvester gags and spits out the medicine (possibly to avoid implications that Tweety may have poisoned Sylvester, even though Nickelodeon did not cut Tweety mixing the medicines in Sylvester's bottle).[2]


  • Hector has yellow fur in this cartoon, in contrast to his other appearances where he has light grey fur, perhaps in order to distinguish him from Spike, another Friz Freleng bulldog who has a similar physical appearance to Hector. This would happen again in "Greedy for Tweety".
  • Granny remains completely unaware of Tweety's presence throughout this entire cartoon, unlike most Tweety and Sylvester cartoons. This would happen again in "A Bird in a Bonnet".
  • Sylvester's scream of pain when Hector bashes his leg with a club for the first time would later be reused as a stock sound effect in some modern media, such as in Disney's 1996 live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians [3], the trailer to Disney's 1997 live-action adaptation of George of the Jungle[4], and even the Super Mario 64 Beta 1995 video game.[5][6] It was also used in the Pink Panther short "Pinto Pink".[7]
  • Sylvester's scream of pain when Hector bites his tail was previously used in "Snow Business" and "Zipping Along" (both were also released in 1953).
  • MeTV aired a previously unreleased restored print of this cartoon on Saturday Morning Cartoons. This was later released 29 June 2021 on HBO Max in Latin America and Brazil.


  • When Granny returns to her knitting, there is a split second where her entire torso area disappears.


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Sylvester Cartoons
1945 Life with FeathersPeck Up Your Troubles
1946 Kitty Kornered
1947 Tweetie PieCrowing PainsDoggone 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-dCanary 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' JupiterA 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 Puddy 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-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