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Trip for Tat is a 1960 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng.

Title

The title is a pun on the term 'tit for tat'.

Plot

Granny and Tweety is at the travel agency, where they will be about to travel to various locations, such as Paris, Swiss Alps, Japan, and Italy. As Sylvester hears Granny, he decides to stowaway with the two to get something to eat.

  1. Aboard on the boat, Sylvester tries to snatch Tweety from his cage while Granny is asleep. Tweety flies out of Sylvester's hand and waves a wave background against Sylvester, making him seasick and regurgitate from the side of the boat. Tweety suggests that a piece of pork will cure his upset stomach, but this makes Sylvester even more sick and run off to find seasick remedy.
  2. In Paris, Tweety is painting a crude imitation of Sylvester. Sylvester cuts off the head of the drawing and places his head in place. Tweety finds Sylvester's face ugly and decides to erase it. Sylvester runs to the tattoo studio to have his face painted back.
  3. At the Swiss Alps, Sylvester tries to ski down the alpines to catch Tweety, but Sylvester slams into a tree.
  4. When the three heads to Japan, Sylvester pursues Tweety until Tweety hides under a bridge. Sylvester tries to saw himself down to nab the bird, but falls through and lands on the boat of a Japanese fisherman.
  5. Heading to Italy, Sylvester tries to use a swing to reach Tweety, although he ends up near the compressor nearby and gets smashed.

Sylvester gives up, and decides to mark birds off his menu at an Italian restaurant and eat spaghetti peacefully instead.

Availability

Streaming

Notes

  • This short reuses footage from "Tweety's S.O.S." (1951), "Tree Cornered Tweety" (1956), "Tweet Tweet Tweety" (1951), and "A Pizza Tweety-Pie" (1958). The only new animation in the short is at the beginning when the world tour is described to Granny, the finger painting sequence, when Sylvester is first in the Alps and Japan, and Tweety looking up at Sylvester cutting through the floorboards.
  • The ending scene of this cartoon was used in the special Bugs Bunny's Thanksgiving Diet, but edited so instead of swearing off birds from his menu, Sylvester states that he'll take fish off his list.
  • MeTV aired a previously unreleased restored print of the cartoon on "Toon In with Me".

Censorship

  • Although the cartoon aired uncut on Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and MeTV, the post-1994 ABC version of this cartoon cuts out two scenes featuring ethnic stereotyping:
    • The scene of Sylvester sawing a hole in the bridge in Japan faded out just as Sylvester falls through the bridge. The part cut was a scene where Sylvester crashes into a Japanese fisherman's boat and sinks it.
    • The end where Sylvester tells the audience in a fake Italian accent that "Pussycats should eat-a da spaghetta. It-a make-a you nice and fat," and slurps down a bowlful of spaghetti is cut with a fake iris-out after Sylvester declares that "birds are off his list."[1]

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TV Title Cards

References

  1. The Censored Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Page: T http://www.intanibase.com/gac/looneytunes/censored-t.aspx



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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