Catty Cornered

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Catty Cornered
Merrie Melodies (Sylvester/Tweety) series
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A still from Catty Cornered.
Directed by I. Freleng
Produced by Edward Selzer
Story by Warren Foster
Voices by Mel Blanc
Ralph James
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Arthur Davis
Manuel Perez
Ken Champin
Virgil Ross
Layouts by Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds by Irv Wyner
Distributed by Warner Bros.
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) October 31, 1953
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes
Language English

Catty Cornered is a 1953 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng, written by Warren Foster and distributed by Warner Bros.. It features Sylvester and Tweety in a forerunner of the Rocky and Mugsy cartoons, with Rocky having present-day form and manners and Mugsy replaced by a much smarter assistant named Nick.


Tweety, who is a rare and valuable bird, has been captured and held for ransom by a duo of criminals: Rocky and his assistant Nick. Sylvester, who is interested only in finding food to eat, makes a number of attempts to steal Tweety:

  • Sylvester climbs up the fire escape, then edges along a ledge to the apartment. Rocky sees him and places a banana peel on the ledge, causing Sylvester to slip and fall off.
  • Sylvester climbs up the main stairs. Tweety escapes and meets Sylvester on the landing. Tweety refuses Sylvester's offer to use his mouth as a hiding place. Sylvester instead hides Tweety under a can just as the criminals arrive. Nick takes Sylvester inside for searching, while Rocky removes Tweety from under the can and replaces the bird with a firecracker. Sylvester escapes with the can, unaware of the firecracker, and is injured when it explodes.
  • Sylvester hoists himself up using a pulley on a building site. He grabs Tweety and escapes, but the steel plate on the end of the pulley falls back down and lands on him.

Sylvester then gains access using a dumbwaiter. At the same time, police surround the building. Nick hides Tweety in the dumbwaiter, unaware that Sylvester is in there. Rocky is arrested (and likely Nick too). Sylvester escapes from the apartment block with Tweety and is quickly hailed as a hero by the press, who are unaware that he was only interested in eating the bird. Sylvester is forced to attend a celebration in which the mayor requests Sylvester to kiss Tweety, but he eats him, only to get forced to spit Tweety out by the mayor. Tweety ended the cartoon with "Oooh, he's a bad putty tat".


Clip reusage[edit]

Part of this cartoon was edited into Friz Freleng's Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie.

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