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Tweet Zoo
Tweetzoo
Directed By: Friz Freleng
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: January 12, 1957
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Warren Foster
Animation: Gerry Chiniquy
Art Davis
Virgil Ross
Layouts: Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds: Irv Wyner
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Milt Franklyn
Starring: Tweety
Sylvester
Preceded By: Three Little Bops
Succeeded By: Scrambled Aches

Tweet Zoo is a 1957 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng.

Title

The title is a play on the 1928 song "Sweet Sue".

Plot

A zoo guide gives a tour to its customers various wild animals, including an African rhinoceros (who appears to have a bandaged horn), a Bengal tiger named Terry who reacts through poetry and motion, and a North American skunk (which involves both the zoo guide and the customers fleeing away very quickly when they encounter the skunk due to its bad odor).

Then, the zoo guide points out their rare Tweety Bird specimen, and once the rest of the tour heads over to the monkey cages, Sylvester stays behind at Tweety's cage, opens the cage and begins to chase him. Tweety flies into the bear pit. Ignoring the "DO NOT TEASE THE ANIMALS" warning sign placed nearby the bear pit, Sylvester tries to catch him with a net on a long pole, but accidentally annoys the bear with it. The angry bear grabs the pole, pulls Sylvester to him, and clobbers the cat, which Tweety mistakes it for teddy bear playing with the putty tat.

When Sylvester escapes, he paces by the fence until he hatches a new plan. He hides in the animals' feed cart and waits, but the feeder unknowingly tosses the cat to the Bengal tigers, along with the other steaks. And once the scene cuts over to the two Bengal tigers who were fed the steaks, it reveals that one of them has eaten Sylvester, but doesn't like the taste of it. Sylvester narrowly escapes the jaws of one of the Bengal tigers that ate him.

Meanwhile, Tweety feeds the elephant peanuts, but is sucked up inside the elephant's trunk and then blown back out. When Sylvester escapes the tigers, Tweety hides in a hole in the elephant pen and the elephant then steps on top of it. Sylvester fails to lift the foot off the hole, so he gets mad and kicks it, hurting himself of course. When he winds up a toy mouse to scare it, the elephant leaps in the air and lands on Sylvester.

Tweety flies to the alligator pond. Sylvester paces and thinks near the lion cage. The lion roars and interrupts him so he grabs a nearby oar and beats the lion with it. Then he sees there was a boat next to the oar, so he drags it into the pond. As he rows toward Tweety, he realizes the lion is in the back of the boat with him so he skedaddles back to shore. The heavy lion upends the boat and has to fend off the alligators. When it gets back to shore, it finds Sylvester and dunks him in the alligator pond, then boots him back into the bear pit, where he gets attacked by the same bear again off-screen for the second time, but narrowly escapes.

Sylvester tries to pole vault over the alligators, but Tweety tosses a banana peel right where the pole hits, and Sylvester slides right into the pond. He manages to escape by clubbing the gators with his broken pole. Frustrated, he leaves the zoo and crosses birds of his diet list, and immediately, other birds begin landing on him. As Sylvester leaves the zoo, he mumbles "Sufferin' succotash! What a fine time to pick to go on a diet!"

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Notes

  • At the ending of this cartoon where Sylvester crosses off birds from his diet list, Sylvester's diet list consists of birds, fish, mice, milk and cream, with birds being on top of the list.
  • The animation of Sylvester's flattened toes reshaping back to their original shape after kicking the elephant was reused animation from "Kit for Cat".

Gallery

Preceded by
Tugboat Granny
Tweety and Sylvester cartoons
1957
Succeeded by
Tweety and the Beanstalk



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


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
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