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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 »
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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
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Termite Terrace's folks needn't be anonymous (especially since AA is essentially a religion) See more (9 total) »

Cast

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Mel Blanc ... Sylvester / Tweety / Clarence / B.A. Cats / Sam / TV Chef / Radio Announcer (voice)

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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
7 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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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:
Clarence:I wouldn't do that if I were you. If I were you, I'd put him back. It can only lead to self destruction. It only takes one bird to start you, and before you know it, it's two birds, then three. Suddenly, without realizing it, you're a victim. Then one day... the end of the road.See more »
Soundtrack:
Bye Bye BlackbirdSee more »

FAQ

Which series is this from: Merrie Melodies or Looney Tunes?
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Termite Terrace's folks needn't be anonymous (especially since AA is essentially a religion), 7 March 2007
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

"Birds Anonymous" is one of the many classic Looney Tunes cartoons that comes across funnier when you're an adult than when you're a kid, as you understand what it's spoofing. In this case, the target is Alcoholics Anonymous, as Sylvester enters an organization that helps cats break their bird addiction. But it's not that easy for him to think about anything other than Tweety (it's hard to deny that felines really develop dependencies on avians).

They hit it right on the nail with this cartoon. The meeting early on shows cats talking about how their bird addictions were running their lives into the ground until the organization saved them. And when the organization's rep Sam catches Sylvester trying to eat Tweety, Sam goes off on a speech about how this one snack will open Sylvester's addiction back up! I actually think that it's really good that they spoofed Alcholics Anonymous. Once, I was watching Penn & Teller's show, and they said that AA is basically a religion. Aside from the fact that a "12-step program" is a rather dogmatic idea, AA apparently hasn't changed it's modus operandi since its creation in 1935. But if AA helps people break their addiction, then it probably balances everything out.

Anyway, this is a really funny cartoon. Like I said, it becomes funnier once you're old enough to understand it (as do many if not most of the classic Looney Tunes cartoons). It certainly deserved its Oscar.

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