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Trick or Tweet (1959)

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Sylvester Cat and a goony orange cat pretend not to let their rivalry over trying to catch Tweety Bird interfere with their friendship, while each secretly makes an attempt to grab and eat ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Sylvester / Tweety (voice)


Sylvester Cat and a goony orange cat pretend not to let their rivalry over trying to catch Tweety Bird interfere with their friendship, while each secretly makes an attempt to grab and eat the canary while the other isn't looking. Written by Kevin McCorry <>

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21 March 1959 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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When Tweety installs the barbed wire on the pole supporting his nest, he is seen nailing it to the post just underneath the nest. In the next scene, when Sam is using the corset trampoline to try to reach Tweety, the barbed wire is seen at the bottom of the pole, but not at the top. See more »

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One-joke but entertaining
23 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There are a good number of people who are not fans of the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons or of Tweety, and Trick or Tweet is not going to change their minds. As someone who does get enjoyment out of them and has never minded Tweety, while there are better Sylvester and Tweety cartoons Trick or Tweet is entertaining.

It is one of those cartoons that's decent but as an overall whole despite having some great things about it it's never great. The story is very predictable and sometimes repetitive and a couple of the gags are tired(i.e. Sylvester walking on the wire with the umbrella, the trampoline gag is amusing but brief and with an outcome that you can smell miles off). Tweety is almost completely sidelined and little more than a plot device, he only appears like three times in the whole cartoon and apart from his final line- one of his better ones- none of his material is funny.

On the other hand, Trick or Tweet is very well-animated and Fritz Freleng's style is unmistakable, everything's nicely drawn, the backgrounds are smooth enough if very simple and the colours look beautiful and characteristic of those used in the later Freleng cartoons if not as vibrant as some of the earlier Sylvester and Tweety cartoons. Milt Franklyn's music score is lively and characterful from beginning to end and it's beautifully orchestrated, like the compositions of Carl Stalling(though not quite as good) it synchronises very well with the action with the ability of enhancing even facial expressions and gestures. The cartoon's wittily scripted though lacking in freshness and most of the gags are funny, the ending and the batman gags fare the best, they are hilarious. Sylvester is a funny and interesting character who you feel sympathy for, and Sam is a good foil, their double-crossing chemistry is most enjoyable. Finally, the voice acting from Daws Butler and especially Mel Blanc is spot on.

All in all, a one-joke cartoon with a few things that don't come off as well as they should but the whole point of a cartoon is to entertain and Trick or Tweet does that more than adequately. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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