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Tweet and Sour is a 1956 Looney Tunes short directed by Friz Freleng.

Title

The title is a play on the phrase "sweet and sour."

Plot

Granny leaves the house for an outing, but as she drives by the house and waves goodbye to Tweety, she sees Sylvester has gotten into the house and is about to eat the bird. Granny stops the cat in time and, fed up with his constant chasing after Tweety, gives him an ultimatum: "If there's so much as one little feather harmed on the canary, it's off to the violin string factory!" punctuating the warning by mimicking Frédéric Chopin's "The Funeral March".

Sylvester attempts to grab Tweety as soon as Granny leaves in her jalopy, but Tweety reminds him of Granny’s threat by imitating "The Funeral March "just as she did. As Sylvester sulks in the corner of the room, Tweety is about to face a new threat — Sam Cat, here wearing an eyepatch. Sam is after a meal of his own and is uncaring that Sylvester will be deemed responsible if Tweety is noticed missing. As such, the chase now casts Sylvester not as the predator but as the (not-so-altruistic) protagonist who plans to save Tweety from the predatory Sam before Granny returns — moreso to save his own skin. After several exchanges, with both Sylvester and Sam clobbering each other, Sylvester finally gets rid of his rival by blowing him up in Granny's chimney by way of a lighted TNT candle tied to a balloon.

However, Sylvester's efforts are in vain. As he is putting Tweety back in the cage, Granny enters and, assuming he was after Tweety, promises to make good on her earlier threat. "Aw, what's the use, she'll never believe me!" cries Sylvester as he plays Chopin on his violin and falls into the violin case as a coffin to his doom.

Availability

Streaming

Notes

  • The ending card is the 1954-55 ending card.

Censorship

  • In the 1980s, CBS cut the part where Sam grabs Sylvester by his tail and bashes him several times into the ground.

Gallery

Preceded by
Red Riding Hoodwinked
Tweety and Sylvester cartoons
1956
Succeeded by
Tree Cornered Tweety
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