Sunday, February 13, 2011
Tweety and Sylvester, Looney Tunes
Tweety and Sylvester from Looney Tunes
unused, from 2010
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Tweety (also known as Tweety Bird and Tweety Pie) is a fictional Yellow Canary in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated cartoons. The name "Tweety" is a play on words, as it originally meant "sweetie", along with "tweet" being a typical English sound birds make.
Despite the widespread speculation that Tweety is female, he is and has always been a male character; something that the character himself has often confirmed in The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries TV series, as well as in many comic books created by Warner staffers. His shape more closely suggests that of a baby bird, which in fact is what he was during his early appearances. The yellow feathers were added but otherwise he retained the baby-bird shape. In many of Tweety's appearances the bird is shown accompanying his owner, Granny.
Sylvester J. Pussycat, Sr., or simply, Sylvester the Cat, or Sylvester, or Puddy Tat (as in I tawt I taw a puddy tat, a sentence often repeated by his arch-nemesis Tweety Bird) or gringo pussy-gato/Senor Pussycat (a sobriquet attached by another antagonist, Speedy Gonzales), is a fictional character, a three-time Academy Award-winning cat in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies repertory, often chasing Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzales, or Hippety Hopper. The name "Sylvester" is a play on felis silvestris, the scientific name for the wild cat species (domestic cats like Sylvester, though, are actually felis catus).