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Hyde and Go Tweet is a 1960 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng.

Plot

Sylvester is sleeping on the ledge of a tall building. After observing mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll drinking a Mr. Hyde potion, and briefly turning into a monstrous alter ego, Sylvester laughs it off and resumes his sleep. In a dream-like sequence, Sylvester chases some pigeons away after their coos disrupt his nap. He then pursues his prey, Tweety, along the building's ledge. Tweety escapes inside and hides in the Hyde formula. Sylvester demands that Tweety show himself, which he does: he's turned into an ugly, giant bird of prey that - after years of harassment and being chased and with payback on his mind - begins chasing Sylvester!

Sylvester is frantically trying to get the elevator to come up, and he turns and looks down the corner, and Tweety Hyde is ambling along, laughing maniacally. For most of the rest of the cartoon, Tweety frequently switches between his usual, innocent self, which Sylvester chases, and the evil bird-monster, which goes after the cat. After several back-and-forth chases, Sylvester nabs a normal-sized Tweety. Failing to realize the monster bird and his potential meal are one and the same, the cat locks himself in a small kitchen, throws the key out the window and begins to "make that Tweety sandwich I've been dreaming of." But while Sylvester is searching for some ketchup, Tweety changes back into his Hyde-like self and devours his adversary whole. Sylvester frees himself and tries to escape the room as his hunter murderously stalks him down.

Just then, Sylvester awakens to realize that this whole experience was a dream and he sees a normal-sized Tweety struggling to fly to the ledge of the building. Sylvester is convinced that Tweety poses a giant risk to his well-being and runs through a wall to escape! Two cats observe his action and refer to it as cowardice. Tweety agrees.

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Censorship

On ABC's The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show, the scene of Sylvester, who is trying to escape the Hyde-esque Tweety Bird, looking down, getting on the ledge, telling Tweety, "I'll jump," then asiding to the audience, "I've got a choice?" was re-edited to remove the line, "I'll jump! I've got a choice?" as the censors felt it had suicidal implications, and replaced the removed line with the POV shot of Sylvester looking down and seeing just how far he has to jump to get away from the monstrous Tweety. Surprisingly, this wasn't edited when Cartoon Network and Boomerang aired this short, despite temporarily airing a version of "For Scent-imental Reasons" that had a window-jumping scene and dialogue that was censored because it seemingly advocated suicide.[1]

Notes

  • This cartoon was used in the movie Daffy Duck's Quackbusters with new animation showing Sylvester in Daffy's office.
  • It was also used in Bugs Bunny's Howl-oween Special.
  • This cartoon lacks a MPAA number on the credits card.
  • This is one of the few, if not only, times in which Tweety chases Sylvester.
  • The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries episode called "London Broiled" is based on this cartoon, which also has Tweety turning into a Hyde-like monster.
    • The two cats in the end of the cartoon reappear in "London Broiled", as well as making cameos in the series from time to time.
  • Michael Maltese wrote this cartoon, but was not credited in this cartoon as he had left the Warner Bros. studio for Hanna-Barbera before its release.
  • "Voice Characterizations" is replaced with "Voices" in the opening credits.
  • On Cartoon Network and Boomerang, this cartoon is shown with PAL audio.
  • The restored HBO Max print of this cartoon incorrectly uses the "A VITAPHONE RELEASE" byline from another cartoon (most likely from "From Hare to Heir") and scraps the original 1959-60 end card.[2]

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References


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
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
1980 The Yolks on You
1995 Carrotblanca
1997 Father of the Bird
2011 I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat
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