We all – at least for the most part – have a formidable memory of cartoons from our days of youth. During those auspicious school day mornings, we would sneak an episode in before we had to catch the bus to school. On weekends, we lived for them and the nearly six hours of cartoon greatness that was imbued to us on Saturdays. Simply put: cartoons have been a mainstay for Americans since the 1930s, which is about the time that Looney Tunes created the now famous Tweety Bird character. Join us for an interesting dish today as we deliver 21 factoids that you never knew about Tweety.
TWEET THIS: 21 Facts You Never Knew About Looney Tune’s Tweety Bird!
1. Tweety was actually created by Created by Bob Clampett of Looney Tunes in the early 1940s.
2. He debuted in the 1942 cartoon short, “A Tale of Two Kitties,” where he had to fend off two hungry cats.
3. The two cats were called Babbit and Catstello; they were based upon famous comedians of the day, Abbott and Costello.
4. Tweety actually wasn’t originally called Tweety, he was named Orson.
5. Tweety actually came from a different cartoon that was created by Clampett called “Wacky Blackouts.”
6. Tweety wasn’t yellow to begin with; he was pink and jowly, easily intimidated and lost control of his temper.
7. The improved Tweety from 1942 on was a mild tempered and calm in demeanor, yellow canary.
8. The second Tweety short was called “A Gruesome Twosome,” and featured the pinkish, naked Tweety.
9. The third Tweety short was called “Birdy and the Beast,” which is where Tweety Bird’s name was derived.
10. Tweety bird is one of many Looney Tunes characters with a noticeable speech impediment.
11. His arch nemesis, Sylvester the cat, also has a speech impediment.
12. In 1945, Clampett decided to create the feline counterpart for Tweety, which would ultimately become Sylvester.
13. It was during 1945 that Tweety’s eyes were enlarged, and his demeanor was toned down into the sweet, calm, yellow canary we know him to be today.
14. Sylvester was introduced in the 1947 classic, “Tweetie Pie,” where he and Tweety first shuffled it out on the silver screen.
15. After 1947, Sylvester was in every episode that included Tweety Bird.
16. Tweety’s most famous line is: “I tawt I taw a puddy tat!" … "I did, I did taw a puddy tat!"
17. In the early 1950s, the bird and cat were so popular that they were made into a comic book called “Tweety and Sylvester.”
18. The comic sold well until it was discontinued in 1984, more than 30 years later.
19. In the early 90s, Tweety and Sylvester finally got their own show called, “The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries.”
20. In 1998, Tweety and Sylvester got their own US postage stamp.
21. In 2002, baby Tweety Bird was introduced in Baby Looney Tunes series.
WATCH: “Hospital Time for Bad Putty Tat”
In a classic short episode – as in 6 minutes or so in length – this one delivers all the musings that made Tweety and Sylvester famous. The cat-bird duo dukes it out again in this delivery of classic cartoon greatness. Of course, in the end, Tweety once again is able to outsmart his feline adversary, who ends up battered and beaten by Spike the dog, and of his own misdoings and clumsiness—ultimately subjected to defeat at the local emergency room.
Now that you are well apprised of 21 of the multifariously odd facts from our yellow feathered friend and his riley kitten buddy, make sure that you take a quick gander at our fine selection Tweety Bird T-shirtsand other Looney Tunes Ts and accessories. From Tweety to Wyle E. – we’ve got a lot to choose from. They may just make you want to chirp to them to your other friends on Facebook and, of course, Tweet about them to your other pals on Twitter.
And That’s all folks!