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Writer:
Warren Foster (story)
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Release Date:
10 August 1957 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
In this spoof of Alcoholics Anonymous, pussy cats are cast as bird-eating addicts and go through the 12-step process to deal with their addiction... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. See more »
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James Bobin and Jason Segel's "The Muppets"
 (From MUBI. 25 November 2011, 12:55 PM, PST)

[TV] Looney Tunes Super Stars: Tweety and Sylvester
 (From JustPressPlay. 5 February 2011, 6:00 AM, PST)

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It's good, but it seems like an odd choice for the Oscar. See more (9 total) »

Cast

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Mel Blanc ... Sylvester / Tweety / Clarence / B.A. Cats / Sam / TV Chef / Radio Announcer (voice)
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Directed by
Friz Freleng 
 
Writing credits
Warren Foster (story)

Produced by
Edward Selzer .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Milt Franklyn 
 
Film Editing by
Treg Brown 
 
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Gerry Chiniquy .... animator
Arthur Davis .... animator (as Art Davis)
Boris Gorelick .... background artist
Hawley Pratt .... layout artist
Virgil Ross .... animator
 
Music Department
Milt Franklyn .... musical director (uncredited)
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
7 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:Approved (certificate #18063)

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Trivia:
The title refers to the national organization founded in California in 1957 based on the same 12 step principles as Alcoholics Anonymous to help people deal with alcohol addiction.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Tweety:Like said before: once a bad old putty tat, always a bad old putty tat.
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Soundtrack:
Bye Bye BlackbirdSee more »

FAQ

Which series is this from: Merrie Melodies or Looney Tunes?
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
It's good, but it seems like an odd choice for the Oscar., 6 May 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Birds Anonymous" is a very good Looney Tunes cartoon. However, I really can't see why it won the Oscar for Best Animated Short--especially since the studio clearly has made much better cartoons that never received this recognition. The animation was decent but very late 1950s style--with minimalistic backgrounds and familiar characters.

The short begins with Sylvester doing what he always does in these cartoons--he's trying to eat Tweety. However, just before he does the deed, he's stopped by another cat--a cat who is a member of Bird-eaters Anonymous. Inexplicably, Sylvester joins as well and thinks he's finally conquered his addiction. Naturally, however, things don't go all that smoothly and his BA buddy comes to his aid.

While this is a good but not great cartoon, I am actually amazed at how timely it was, as AA had only just begun the same year this cartoon debuted. In an odd way, the cartoon brought a lot of positive publicity to the program--so in that sense it's a fascinating film.

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