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A Tale of Two Kitties (1942)

Babbit and Catstello, take-offs on Bud Abbott and Lou Costello try to catch the little Tweety bird, using everything from stilts to dynamite. Trouble is, the tiny bird has a vicious streak in him.

Director:

Robert Clampett

Writer:

Warren Foster (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Catstello / Tweety (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce Tedd Pierce ... Babbit (voice) (uncredited)
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Babbit and Catstello, take-offs on Bud Abbott and Lou Costello try to catch the little Tweety bird, using everything from stilts to dynamite. Trouble is, the tiny bird has a vicious streak in him.

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This marks the first appearance of Babbit and Catstello as features in Warner Bros. cartoons. It is the first appearance of three cartoons where they feature (although they make a cameo appearance in a fourth), between 1942-1946. They are not always cats in each subsequent cartoon, however. See more »

Quotes

[Catstello is sitting on a powder charge which Babbit is ready to detonate]
Catstello: Gee, Babbit. I'm just no good.
Babbit: Oh, the brakes were against you.
Catstello: I'm a flopparoo. I can't even get the boid.
Babbit: Don't worry. You'll get it, all right.
Catstello: You mean I'll get it in the end?
Babbit: Yeah. And you'll get a big bang out of it, too!
[He detonates the charge, sending Catstello flying]
Catstello: [unaware he is airborne] Well, that sure takes a load off my mind.
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Connections

Featured in Behind the Tunes: Looney Tunes Go Hollywood (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

We Did It Before (and We Can Do It Again)
(uncredited)
Music by Cliff Friend
Whistled briefly by Babbit while he tends his victory garden
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masterpiece comedy
30 April 2016 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Somehow Bob Clampett cartoons were among the first I can remember seeing as a kid - they were the ones from the early days of the Warner brothers animation - and often they were on VHS tapes that even in the late 80's you could buy relatively cheaply as compilations. This involves a very anxious climb up a telephone pole for Catstello as Babbit is down below rooting him on (I think even as a kid it's evident who Mel Blanc is voicing, hint, it's the one who sounds like Daffy when he's exasperated).

This is fully of fantastic visual comedy and plenty of character-driven humor; it's "safe" for kids, don't get nervous parents about early Looney Tunes cartoons being too "edgy" (and even if it was who cares) - but it's more than simply a spoof of Abbott and Costello. It's its own brand of wild humor all about tensions and suspense and if the mission to go up that damn pole will work. I love it and think about it often, the kind of characterizations you see as a child and stays with you for the rest of your life. In that sense it's as essential as learning scripture for a Christian as a tot!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies #4 (1942-1943 Season): A Tale of Two Kitties See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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