An innocent and lovable yellow canary, Tweety is a fictional animated cartoon in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series. Though the character of Tweety is portrayed as a male, it is shown to have long lashes and high pitched voice, features normally associated with female. In most of the appearances, Tweety is shown to accompany its adoring caretaker, dear ol’ Granny. Sylvester, the cat, is Tweety’s greatest adversary, as the feline is always on the lookout for an opportunity to end the little bird’s life. Despite all this, Tweety remains Granny’s most adored and favored pet as well as her crimefighting lucky charm. A creation of Bob Clampett, Tweety gave the creator’s fascination for baby birds a real form with its origin. Read through the following lines to know more about the history and background of Tweety Bird.
Interesting & Amazing Information On Origin & Background Of Tweety
Created by Bob Clampett, Tweety made its debut appearance in the 1942 short tale “A Tale of Two Kitties”, where it was shown as the common target of two hungry cats, Babbit and Catstello. Both these characters were based on famous comedians named Abbott and Costello. Tweety was originally named Orson, a name that coincided with a bird character from Clampett’s previous cartoon “Wacky Blackouts”. Initially, Tweety was a generic and wild bird that was naked pink, jowly and more aggressive and saucy than its improved version. The character of Tweety that we know today is a yellow canary that is less hot-tempered and remains calm in the face of dangers.
Clampett made two more shorts portraying the naked Tweety, one in “A Gruesome Twosome” where it was named ‘naked genius’, by a Jimmy Durante-ish cat and the other in “Birdy and the Beast” in which Tweety finally got its present name. Tweety is most noticeable for its speech impediments. For example, the bird uses “putty tat” for “pussy cat” which was later rendered to “puddy tat”. For the phrase “sweetie pie”, the bird uses “tweetie pie”. Another most evident factor about Tweety is its occasional and rare habit of transformation into a giant Hyde version of itself, after consuming the Hyde Formula by accident. This role of Tweety was first seen in “Hyde and Go Tweet” and later in the “London Broiled” episode of “The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries”.
In 1945, Clampett came up with the idea of rendering Tweety with an opponent. Friz Freleng created a lisping black and white cat that was un-named at that time. However, Clampett left the studio leaving Freleng alone to handle the entire project. Tweety was, then, modified into cute bird with large blue eyes and yellow feathers. In 1947’s “Tweetie Pie”, Tweety finally matched wits with Sylvester the cat. This short gave Warner Bros. its first Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons). Since then, Tweety was never seen again without Sylvester and together they proved to be one of the most notable pairings in the animation history. Most of their cartoon shorts followed a standard formula. First, the hungry “puddy tat” was seen targeting the bird with numerous obstacles in its way, Granny or her bulldog Hector. Second, Tweety always sang his signature lines “I tawt I taw a puddy tat!" and "I did, I did taw a puddy tat!".
In the 1950s, “Tweety & Sylvester” series were added to the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Comics title. In 1952, Tweety and Sylvester received comic of their own entitled “Tweety and Sylvester” that ran till 1984. In the 1970s and 1980s, Tweety was paired with Sylvester in numerous television specials and feature-film compilations. The 1990s saw Tweety featuring in an animated TV series titled “The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries” where Granny runs a detective agency with Tweety, Sylvester and Hector. In the year 1998, both Tweety and Sylvester were honored with their image appearing on a U.S. postage stamp. In 2002, the younger version of Tweety was launched in Baby Looney Tunes, thus making a comeback from his earliest appearances.
Ever since, Tweety has appeared in various cartoon series and has also made cameo appearances in ‘Tiny Toon Adventures’, ‘Slappy Squirrel’, ‘Scare Happy Slappy’, ‘Frosted Cheerios’, ‘What’s New, Scooby Doo?’ and ‘Total Drama Action’. To add to its popularity was Tweety’s prominent presence in a number of party supplies like paper plates, napkins, cups, and party decorations like inflatables, favors, tattoos, glow strips and stickers, and so on. Apart from that, Tweety also featured in bags, lunch box, hair band and other accessories used by children, making this yellow canary bird an eternal lovable animation character.