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Tom Tom Tomcat (1953)

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Tweety Bird is being taken by his mistress, Granny, on a trip across a prairie in a horse-drawn wagon when they are attacked by a tribe of Indian cats, all of whom are Sylvester or ... See full summary »

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Sylvester / Tweety / Cat Chief (voice)
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Tweety Bird is being taken by his mistress, Granny, on a trip across a prairie in a horse-drawn wagon when they are attacked by a tribe of Indian cats, all of whom are Sylvester or Sylvester variants. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Oh! Susanna
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Decent enough if unexceptional
4 September 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Sylvester and Tweety cartoons while formulaic and occasionally repetitive are enjoyable watches, a good amount of them great. Tom Tom Tomcat is on the other hand one of the weaker cartoons of the series, it's still a decent one but the series has seen far better. The animation is colourful and fluid with the backgrounds having a good amount of details and the characters drawn well, although the Sylvester Indian variants don't really differ from one another. Carl Stalling's music is lushly orchestrated and very lively rhythmically with a real ability to enhance every action or character movement or noise, especially enjoyable was the music for the opening titles sequence. The gags are amusing if not hilarious, especially when the actual Sylvester(seen 4 minutes of a 6 and a half minute duration when ordered to sneak into the fort) gets scalped, the cat trying to drag Tweety out getting surprised with a bomb and the ending faring best(they're not really new material but they are funny nonetheless). Tweety is cute and doesn't feel like a plot device(here he does actually do a fair bit), Granny has rarely been craftier or more resourceful and the Sylvester Indians are fun. Mel Blanc- a remarkably consistent voice actor who does something that few other voice actors manage to do so well in that he voices multiple characters and gives them a different and always interesting personality- does a stellar job with the vocal characterisations, Bea Benaderet is good but has been better.

You can kind of understand why it hasn't been showed on US TV for so long though. Largely due to the Native Indian stereotyping(particularly in the pursuit of the waggon and when the chief orders Sylvester to sneak into the fort using distinctively Native Indian terminology), which is not very subtle(then again when has stereotyping been subtle) and may not bode well with some but not really to the point of racism. Not much of the dialogue is particularly memorable, some of it raises a chuckle but a few other parts are lame especially Tweety's final line. The story starts off great but the middle is particularly formulaic and some of the methods of trying to catch Tweety border on repetitive(the Ten Little Indians gag falls flat humour-wise and is slightly drawn out), with material that have been seen before and much better. And there should have been more of the actual Sylvester, he's such a great character who's crafty, funny and his facial expressions are often a joy, but- while he is amusing and has one of the better gags- he is underused in a cartoon that is dominated by the variants rather than him and he has had much stronger material. All in all, a decent Sylvester and Tweety cartoon but unexceptional. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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