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Tweety and the Beanstalk is a 1957 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng.

Plot

A farm mother scolds Jack for trading his cow for three seemingly worthless beans. The beans are thrown out a window and land under Sylvester's cat bed. Instantly, the beans sprout into a giant beanstalk that reaches into the heavens, taking the still sleeping Sylvester with it. The puddy tat awakens and is startled at how everything seemingly grew overnight. Eventually, he walks inside a castle and instantly spots a giant birdcage (with a giant Tweety inside).

Sylvester opens the cage and chases what he says are "acres and acres of Tweety Bird.", which causes Tweety to say, "I tawt I taw an itty-bitty puddy-tat!", as Sylvester grabs him. However, Tweety's Master the giant comes into the room; after Sylvester hides, the master puts Tweety back in his cage and hangs it on a high ceiling; that way, he won't get into any mischief while he's gone.

Sylvester makes several attempts to get at Tweety, having to overcome both the cage being on the ceiling and dodging a giant bulldog whom is trying to chase the cat away. Each of Sylvester's attempts to get the bird ends unsuccessfully; several times, he is barely able to get away from the bulldog.

Eventually, the Giant returns and, sensing an intruder in his home, remarks, "Fee, fi, fo, fat. I tawt I taw a puddy tat!" He immediately chases after Sylvester, who scurries down the beanstalk, the Giant chasing after him. Sylvester manages to reach the ground and chops down the beanstalk with an axe. The Giant falls to the ground very noisily, the impact crushing Sylvester and everything in sight being wrecked. This causes him to be hurled through the earth to China, where he meets with a stereotypical Chinese Tweety, who remarks (in a Chinese accent) his English counterpart's signature lines ("Oh, I taught I taw dishonorable puddy tat.") in addition to speaking mock Chinese.

Availability

Streaming

Censorship

  • When this short aired on ABC's The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show starting in 1995, the part where the giant lands on Sylvester and Sylvester is sent through the Earth to China, where a Chinese Tweety wearing a coolie hat says, "Oh, I tawt I taw dishonorable pussycat!" was cut, ending with Sylvester arriving in China and looking around. Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and MeTV, despite having censored and banned scenes featuring outdated East Asian stereotypes, have aired this cartoon uncut.

Notes

  • This cartoon was used in Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales, but the Chinese Tweety ending scene was removed for time rather than content.
  • Although this cartoon is a Merrie Melodies short, it uses the Looney Tunes opening and closing themes.

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