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"I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat.....I Did, I Did, I Did Taw a Puddy Tat!"


Tweety, also known as Tweety Pie or Tweety Bird, is a yellow canary in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series. He appeared in 46 cartoons in the Looney Tunes Golden Age. Contrary to popular belief, he was always a male despite having eyelashes like females.[2][3][4]

Origin

He made his first appearance in 1942 in "A Tale of Two Kitties", directed by Bob Clampett, but was not paired with Sylvester until five years later. The 1947 cartoon "Tweetie Pie" pitted them against each other for the first time. The cartoon, which won an Academy Award, was the start of many short cartoons to come.

Design

His design was originally based on a baby picture of Bob Clampett. Prior to his first official appearance, a similar baby bird appears in one of the gags in "Wacky Blackout" as the child of a mother bird who wants to be a divebomber.

In "A Tale of Two Kitties", his speech is strange, as he mispronounces many words, such as "pussy cat", which he says as "puddy tat". His name was originally Orson, but this was soon changed, as his current name was already presented in his second cartoon, "Birdy and the Beast" (1944). He had initially been portrayed simply as a wild birdling whose species had not yet been specified and resided in an outdoor nest high in a tree; it was only in 1947 when he had his first domestic role and his first human interaction in "Tweetie Pie". However, he would still reside in an outdoor nest in later shorts.

Personality

He is a yellow canary that has a somewhat large head. His temper was at first short and was often angry. His catchphrase is "I tawt I taw a puddy tat!" "I did! I did taw/tee a puddy tat!". As his character progressed, he became much calmer. He appears to be an innocent little bird, sweet and extremely gentle character. Tweety often went to Hector the Bulldog or hide behind Granny to avoid Sylvester, but in the end, he always manages to humiliate him, unless he ends up humiliating himself trying to catch him, which in turn does nothing. Tweety sometimes lives in a birdcage located in Granny's house; Granny is overprotective of Tweety and keeps Sylvester away from her prized bird.

Rivalry

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Tweety and Sylvester are frequently after each other, much like Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner and the formerly-MGM owned, now-owned Warner Bros. cat and mouse duo Tom and Jerry. Sylvester is constantly trying to eat Tweety, and the yellow canary, in turn, is usually avoiding him with ease. Although Sylvester has laid hands on Tweety and got Tweety in his mouth on some occasions, most of the time he has never succeeded in eating the canary. In "Greedy for Tweety", Sylvester succeeded in eating Tweety in a hospital where Sylvester, Tweety, and Hector were hospitalized and Granny was their nurse and once Granny found out that Sylvester ate Tweety, she did an x-ray on Sylvester and cut him open and got Tweety out. Most of the time, when Tweety is under the care of Granny, Sylvester cannot successfully outwit his opponent.

Other Appearances

Tweety has starred in several roles outside of Looney Tunes. He, along with several other Looney Tunes stars, has made appearances in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Space Jam, and Looney Tunes Back in Action. He also starred as the main protagonist in the 2000 direct-to-video film Tweety's High-Flying Adventure. He also appears as a "baby" version of himself in the television series Baby Looney Tunes. He's also in many Six Flags theme parks.

He has a cameo in the Animaniacs episode "HMS Yakko".

He has a starring role in the series The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries.

He appears in Looney Tunes Back in Action, but one of being as a disguise of the Tasmanian Devil.

He appears in The Looney Tunes Show as a pet of Granny's. In the episode "Eligible Bachelors", Sylvester asks about the canary's gender, the answer to which Tweety whispers into Sylvester's ear, leaving the feline surprised.

Tweety appeared only in Season 2 of New Looney Tunes, where he has the more violent and aggressive personality that Bob Clampett originally gave him and was redesigned to closely resemble Clampett's original design, though retaining yellow feathers. However, his violent nature is often toned down since it was only used to defend himself. In addition to his pairings with Sylvester in "Easter Tweets", "Angry Bird," and "You're Kiln Me", he appeared without Sylvester in the episodes "Deduce, Part Deuce" and "Etiquette Shmetiquette", both co-starring Daffy Duck. In "Tweet Team" (his last appearance), he teamed up with Gabby Goat and Marc Anthony to help Speedy Gonzales save his mice friends from the cats Sylvester, Claude Cat, and Pete Puma.

Tweety appeared as a recurring character in Looney Tunes Cartoons, voiced by Eric Bauza, again with Clampett's more violent and aggressive personality, but often in self-defense and toned down.[5]

On 17 February 2021, it was announced Tweety will star in Tweety Mysteries, which is similar to The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries except that it will be a live-action/animated hybrid.[6][7] Tweety will not be living with Granny in this series but with a tween girl named Sydney. For unknown reasons, this series was later shelved.[8]

Tweety appeared in the direct-to-video film King Tweety as the titular character, which was released on 14 June 2022.[9]

Tweety appeared in the preschool series Bugs Bunny Builders.[10] Even though he was small, he shows everyone he can do anything.

Tweety is mentioned in Tiny Toons Looniversity. Unlike most versions of the character, Tweety is referred to with gender-neutral pronouns.

Quotes

  • "I tawt I taw a puddy tat!"
  • "I did! I did taw/tee a puddy tat!"
  • "Oh, hewwo, Puddy Tat. What you doin' up / down thewe?"
  • "Bad ol' puddy tat!"
  • "Uh-oh, wecked da puddy tat. You know, I wose more puddy tats that way." ~'"Bad Ol' Putty Tat"
  • (singing) "I'm a tweet wittow biwd in a diwded tage; Tweety'th my name but I don't know my age. I don't have to wuwy and dat is dat; I'm tafe in hewe fwom dat ol' putty tat."
  • "Well, whaddya know? I got an admiwer!"
  • "You twushed my wittle head!"
  • "Oh, da poor titty-tat! He fall down and do, BOOM!" ~"Birdy and the Beast"
  • "I wonder what dat puddy tat up to now?"
  • "My poor, wittle cwanium." ~Space Jam
  • "Now, how do you suppose I dot my wittle self in such a pwedicament?" ~"Bad Ol' Putty Tat"
  • "Uh-oh, dat Puddy Tat after me adain. He mad at me. I will have to fwee for my widdle wife!" ~"Bad Ol' Putty Tat"
  • "Dat ol' puddy tat never donna find me in here." ~"Bad Ol' Putty Tat"
  • "You bad ol' puddy tat! [Laughs maniacally]." ~As Hyde Tweety, "Hyde and Go Tweet"
  • "You tan't catch me!"
  • "Dat Putty Tat donna huwt himsewf if he not mo caweful." - "Canary Row"

Voice Actors

Filmography

Main article: List of Tweety cartoons

Gallery

Main article: Tweety/Gallery

References

Characters
Main Characters
Bugs Bunny (Prototype Bugs Bunny) Daffy Duck Elmer Fudd Foghorn Leghorn Lola Bunny (Honey Bunny) Marvin the Martian (K-9) Pepé Le Pew (Penelope Pussycat) Porky Pig Road Runner Speedy Gonzales Sylvester (Sylvester Jr.) Taz Tweety Wile E. Coyote Yosemite Sam
Recurring Golden Age Characters
1930s debuts

Bosko Honey Bruno Foxy Piggy Goopy Geer Buddy Cookie Beans Little Kitty Oliver Owl Ham and Ex Petunia Pig Piggy Hamhock Gabby Goat Egghead Big Bad Wolf Little Red Riding Hood Yoyo Dodo Mrs. Daffy Duck The Two Curious Puppies Sniffles Inki Minah Bird

1940s debuts

Willoughby Three Little Pigs Cecil Turtle Beaky Buzzard Mama Buzzard Leo the Lion Babbit and Catstello Conrad the Cat Hubie and Bertie Claude Cat A. Flea The Three Bears Schnooks Hector the Bulldog The Drunk Stork Gossamer Rocky Barnyard Dawg Henery Hawk Charlie Dog Bobo the Elephant Goofy Gophers The Dog Wellington Gruesome Gorilla Hippety Hopper The Talking Bulldog The Crusher The Supreme Cat Playboy Penguin

1950s debuts

Melissa Duck Frisky Puppy Granny (Proto-Granny) Miss Prissy (Emily the Chicken) Sam Cat Nasty Canasta Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot Chester Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog Toro the Bull The Weasel Witch Hazel Tasmanian She-Devil Ralph Phillips Egghead Jr. Mugsy Jose and Manuel The Honey-Mousers (Ralph Crumden, Ned Morton, Alice Crumden, Trixie Morton) Instant Martians Slowpoke Rodriguez Pappy and Elvis Blacque Jacque Shellacque

1960s debuts

Cool Cat Colonel Rimfire Merlin the Magic Mouse Second Banana Bunny and Claude

One-Off Golden Age Characters
1930s debuts

Owl Jolson

1940s debuts

The Gremlin The Dover Boys (Tom Dover, Dick Dover, Larry Dover, Dora Standpipe, Dan Backslide) Mr. Meek Russian Dog The Little Man from the Draft Board Colonel Shuffle Giovanni Jones

1950s debuts

The Martin Brothers Pete Puma George and Benny Babyface Finster Michigan J. Frog Shropshire Slasher Mot Pablo and Fernando Charles M. Wolf Señor Vulturo Mighty Angelo

1960s debuts

Hugo the Abominable Snowman Nelly the Giraffe Count Bloodcount Spooky Rapid Rabbit and Quick Brown Fox

Post-Golden Age Characters
Tiny Toon Adventures

Buster Bunny Babs Bunny Plucky Duck Hamton J. Pig Fifi La Fume Shirley the Loon Sweetie Bird Elmyra Duff Montana Max

Taz-Mania

Jean Hugh Molly Jake Dog the Turtle Drew

Pinky and the Brain

Pinky The Brain

Baby Looney Tunes

Floyd Minton

Duck Dodgers

Dr. I.Q. Hi Captain Star Johnson Commander X2

Loonatics Unleashed

Ace Bunny Lexi Bunny Danger Duck Slam Tasmanian Tech E. Coyote Rev Runner

The Looney Tunes Show

Tina Russo

New Looney Tunes

Squeaks the Squirrel Bigfoot Barbarian Boyd Cal Carl the Grim Rabbit Claudette Dupri Dr. Clovenhoof Eagle Scout Elliot Sampson Horace the Horse Ivana Jack Thes Leslie P. Lilylegs Miss Cougar Pampreen Perdy and Paul Perdy Rhoda Roundhouse Shameless O'Scanty Sir Littlechin Slugsworthy the First Squint Eatswood Tad Tucker Trey Hugger Viktor Winter Stag

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