An adorably curious owl flew in last week and took a rest here at Sun City Peachtree; and, today, it’s Tweety Bird! I could have sworn I heard him say, “I tawt I taw a puddy tat!” Sylvester was nowhere to be found, though.
Tweety (aka Tweety Pie), has been fluttering about for quite a long time. The yellow canary with the big head was born five years before Sylvester came around. He first appeared in A Tale of Two Kitties, in 1942. Five years later, he joined his nemisis, Sylvester, in Tweety Pie, which won an Academy Award. A star was born!
Now, about that big head of his. Tweety’s design was based on a baby picture of Bob Clampett, the director of the canary’s first movie. (Evidently, baby Bobby had a fat head!)
Tweety has mellowed over the years. At first, he was an angry little bird with a short temper, but he has chilled. Don’t let those long eye lashes and his sweet charm fool you, though. When it comes to his rival, he’ll find a way to humiliate the cat in the end. Besides, the pint-sized canary has Granny to protect him, when he lives at her house. She keeps him in a cage and away from Sylvester who is always trying to eat the little fellow.
Sylvester is just jealous. He thinks Granny likes Tweety better and gives the bird more attention.
When he’s not (easily) escaping Sylvester’s claws, the star canary is off making appearances in other movies, such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Space Jam, and Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
Recently, it appeared as if being a star had gone to Tweety’s (big!) head, and he turned a bit aggressive and angry again in Looney Tunes Cartoons.
The star will be making some appearances in the near future, beginning with Tweety Mysteries, a live-action/animated hybrid. Instead of living with Granny, he will be living with Sydney, a pre-teen girl. He will also be appearing in the preschool series, Bugs Bunny Builders. (I wonder if Bugs Bunny will try to eat the yellow-feathered canary, too!)