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Trip for Tat
Trip for Tat
Directed By: Friz Freleng
Produced By: John W. Burton (uncredited)
Released: October 29, 1960
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Michael Maltese
Animation: Gerry Chiniquy
Virgil Ross
Tom Ray
Layouts: Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds: Tom O'Loughlin
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
June Foray (uncredited)
Music: Milt Franklyn
Starring: Sylvester
Tweety
Granny
Preceded By: Hopalong Casualty
Succeeded By: Dog Gone People
Trip for Tat - Sylvester and Tweety (1960)

Trip for Tat - Sylvester and Tweety (1960)

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 travel to various locations (Paris, Swiss Alps, Japan, and Italy) while Sylvester tries to eat Tweety in every one. The cartoon is mostly made up of footage from:

  • "Tweety's S.O.S." (1951): The entire boat sequence.
  • "Tree Cornered Tweety" (1956): The sequence where Sylvester tries to catch Tweety on skis, as well as the bridge scene (with the American fisherman changed to a stereotypical Japanese fisherman).
  • "Tweet Tweet Tweety" (1951): The sequence where Sylvester swings towards Tweety on a balcony while barely avoiding a construction pillar.
  • "A Pizza Tweety-Pie" (1958): The final sequence where Sylvester eats spaghetti in the restaurant.

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.

Availability

Notes

  • The ending scene of this cartoon would be used in the Thanksgiving special, Bugs Bunny's Thanksgiving Diet, but would edit the dialogue where instead of swearing off birds from his menu, Sylvester would state that he take fish off his list.
  • This is the only cartoon where Sylvester and Tweety both win in the end, even though Sylvester fails to catch Tweety.

Censorship

  • Although the cartoon aired uncut on Cartoon Network and Boomerang, 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]

References

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


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1949 Bad Ol' Putty Tat
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1951 Putty Tat TroubleRoom and BirdTweety's S.O.S.Tweet Tweet Tweety
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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
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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
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1997 Father of the Bird
2011 I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat
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