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Tweety Pie the CanaryTweety 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.

Tweety 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).

A single 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 - CATS: "Sylvester"


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