D' Fightin' Ones
Directed By: Friz Freleng
Produced By: John W. Burton
David H. DePatie
Released: April 22, 1961
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Michael Maltese (presumed, uncredited)
Animation: Gerry Chiniquy
Art Davis
Virgil Ross
Tom Ray (uncredited)
Layouts: Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds: Tom O'Loughlin
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Milt Franklyn
Starring: Sylvester
Preceded By: Birds of a Father
Succeeded By: The Abominable Snow Rabbit
Sylvester and Tweety E85 – D Fightin Ones

Sylvester and Tweety E85 – D Fightin Ones

D' Fightin' Ones is a 1961 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng. When shown on television anthology programs like The Merrie Melodies Show, the title was changed to D'Fightin Ones.


The title and the cartoon itself are parodies of The Defiant Ones, a movie about two escaped inmates shackled together.


Sylvester and the unnamed bulldog (both voiced by Mel Blanc) are on a truck headed for the pound. Both are shackled to each other and hate each other's guts. When the truck hits a bumpy road, the truck's back door opens, dumping Sylvester and the bulldog out. The two quickly run for cover, which is easier said than done due to being stuck together.

After fighting over some food, Sylvester and the bulldog realize they must break the chains. However, attempting to blow up the chains with TNT and hammering it both fail. Later, while walking near railroad tracks, a train snags their chain. That night, the two sneak into the city and take brief refuge in an abandoned building when a spotlight almost catches them. They decide to disguise themselves in human clothes (with the other person hiding in a suitcase) and hop aboard a bus, but hightail it out of there when the bus is revealed to be headed for Sing Sing.

In the final set piece of the cartoon, the bulldog gets an idea to hang below a train track that goes between two mountains, with the idea that the train will cut their chains. However, both realize it's a bad idea too late when Sylvester points downward, indicating that once the chains are broken, they'll fall hundreds of feet to the ground. Sure enough, Sylvester and the bulldog fall into a junkyard after their chains are cut. At first, both continue to argue about how dumb the plan was, but are briefly joyous when they realize they aren't shackled together anymore. However, they look down and realize they're now connected by leg via a pipe. They hear police sirens and hop down the road to escape.


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On the ABC version of this cartoon, the following scenes were cut[1]:

  • The bulldog punching Sylvester in the face after Sylvester pulls "a switchblade claw" on him.
  • The bulldog whacking Sylvester on the head with a stop sign.
  • The scene where Sylvester and the bulldog try to escape by hiding each other in suitcases, only to end up at a bus stop for buses heading to Sing-Sing Prison and the two running off when they discover the dreaded destination.


  • Although there is no story credit for this cartoon, it is most likely that Michael Maltese wrote the story. Probably Maltese's departure from Warner Bros. to Hanna-Barbera in 1960 could've been the reason why his name would've been removed from the credits.

TV Title Cards


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' 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 Puddy Tat

also see the List of Sylvester Cartoons

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