Tweety Pie - Yellow canary with a wide-eyed stare
featured in a number of Warner Brothers cartoons. Living inside a wire bird
cage, Tweety Pie is on constant alert for Sylvester the Cat. When Tweety
sees Sylvester he utters his popular catchphrase "I tawt I taw a putty tat."
By cartoon's end, Sylvester the Cat's attempts to catch Tweety always fail
at which time Tweety would usually say "I wose more putty tats dat way."
The Tweety Pie character was created by artist Bob Clampett who based the tiny
character with a "widdle" voice on a childhood picture of himself.
Pie premiered in the animated Merrie Melodies release A Tale of Two Kitties
(1942) and later appeared in Birdy and the Beast (1944), A Gruesome Twosome
(1945), Tweety Pie (1947) which won an academy award, Tweety's SOS
(1951), A Pizza Tweety Pie (1958) and The Jet Cage (1962).
recording "I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat" composed by Warner Brothers story man
Warren Foster and performed by Mel Blanc in 1950 sold in excess of two
million copies in America and was a popular novelty hit in England.
Fritz Freleng, Tweety's creator helped clear up a popular misconception about this
cute cartoon canary. "A lot of people are always asking me what sex Tweety
is...I usually tell them, I don't know - it's irrelevant, really - but in
fact, Tweety's a guy." (TV Guide 10/10/92 p. 5). See also
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