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King Tweety is a Looney Tunes direct-to-video film. It was released on 14 June 2022.[1]

It is the longest Looney Tunes direct-to-video film as the film has a runtime of 80 minutes.

Plot

Tweety unexpectedly becomes next in line for the crown when the queen of an island paradise disappears. His entourage includes motorbike daredevil Granny and sly Sylvester, whose allegiance is tested when he uncovers a sinister plot to eliminate Tweety for good.

Characters

Voice Cast

Videos

References to Other Media

  • Snakes on a Plane (2006) - While hiding in the cargo hold of the solid gold airplane, Sylvester has to fight off a group of agressive snakes.
  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) - Upon seeing Granny for the first time, Diego is smitten and asks, "When did this become Beautiful World?". This is a direct reference to a 2016 press interview in Brazil in which actor Vin Diesel became noticeably enamored with a female interviewer.
  • Volkswagen - After getting attacked by the workers outside the castle, a dazed Sylvester exclaims "Fahrvergnügen!", a reference to the German car manufacturer's popular ad campaign from 1990.
  • Freeze Frame - During Tweety's 'getting ready for the party' montage, music strikingly similar to the J. Geils Band's 1981 song 'Freeze Frame' can be heard. This song was famously used in the montages of many films from the 1990's.
  • Barbarella (1968) - After Sylvester's interroagtion at the police station, Officers Gnutz and Siedes lock him in the 'De Laurentiis Budgie Prison', a jail cell with a handful of blue and green parakeets hopping around inside. This is a reference to Dino De Laurentiis, the producer of Barbarella, as well as the scene in Barbarella in which the character Barbarella is imprisoned in a jail cell and sentenced to be pecked by birds, but then the only birds present in the jail cell are parakeets, which are far too tiny and docile to be considered a threat to an adult human.
  • Jessie's Girl - Izza discusses Rick Springfield's 1981 song while she and Green Bean are on lookout duty.
  • Back to the Future (1985) - During the police chase, Granny says "Streets? Where we're going, we don't happen to require streets!" before riding her scooter across the ocean.

Trivia

  • This is the first Looney Tunes film to be directed by a woman.
  • The film portrays Tweety and Sylvester as having more of a sibling-like relationship, with Granny as their mom/grandma/caretaker.
  • This is the first Looney Tunes production to have explicit LGBT representation:
    • The Canary Islands' first ruler, General Chirp, is referred to using they/them pronouns.
    • At the start of Tweety's King Day coronation ball, Harold addresses the crowd as "Bird-ladies, gentledogs, nonbirdnaries, and all other lovlies in attendance". This greeting is inclusive of genderless and non-binary individuals.
    • Diego's guard Izza interprets the Rick Springfield song "Jessie's Girl" as being about a man who is in love with his male friend Jesse. She admonishes the singer for cowardly refusing to admit his true feelings.
    • This is a departure from the franchise's history of queer coding and censorship, such as the 1932 short Freddy the Freshman and The Goofy Gophers.
  • This film establishes that Tweety Bird is of African descent.
  • While Tweety and Aoogah are merely friends in Tweety's High-Flying Adventure, in this film they are blood-related cousins.
  • The character Green Bean is nonverbal and uses sign language to communicate.
  • Unlike most Chow Chow breed dogs, which have blue or purple-colored tongues, Green Bean's tongue is pink.
  • King Tweety passes the Bechdel Test:
    • Izza and Green Bean discuss the cake Green Bean made.
    • Aoogah speaks with her mother Honk as she leaves at the end of the film, asking when she'll see her again.
  • The characters Melaney Blank and John Foray are a play on the names of the late voice actors Mel Blanc and June Foray.
  • Aoogah can be seen shaking hands with former German chancellor Angela Merkel during the 'QUEEN WATCH' news segment.
  • The names of Officer Gnutz and Officer Siedes are a play on the words 'nuts' and 'seeds'.
  • The Lanzarote grape fields the characters visit for the juice tasting are a real location in the Canary Islands. While the grapes are used to make grape juice in the film, in real life they are used to make wine.
  • Nasty Canasta, Dan Backslide, and Dora Standpipe can be seen in Tweety's slideshow about New York.
  • The Chiff Chaff is a real bird native to the Canary Islands. In contrast to the film, however, real life Chiff Chaffs are relatively tiny, about the size of a sparrow.
  • A cement bobcat statue can be seen sitting on the front porch of Granny's New York brownstone home. This is a reference to the trademark bobcat statues ubiquitous throughout the town of Los Gatos, California, where Director/Producer Careen Ingle is from.

References

The Looney Tunes films
Featurette
Adventures of the Road-Runner
Behind-the-scenes documentaries
Bugs Bunny: Superstar | Chuck Amuck: The Movie
Greatest Hits retrospectives
Centering on Bugs Bunny
The Bugs Bunny Road-Runner Movie | Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie | Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales | Looney Tunes Hall of Fame
Centering on Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island | Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
Original cinematic material
Space Jam | Looney Tunes Back in Action | Space Jam A New Legacy
Direct-to-video releases
Tweety's High-Flying Adventure | Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas | Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run
Cameos
Two Guys from Texas | My Dream Is Yours | It's a Great Feeling | A Political Cartoon | Who Framed Roger Rabbit | Gremlins 2: The New Batch | Justice League: The New Frontier
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