7.4/10
716
16 user 1 critic

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)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Falling Hare (1943)
Animation | Short | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Bugs encounters wartime sabotage and takes to the air to do battle.

Director: Robert Clampett
Stars: Mel Blanc, Robert Clampett
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Elmer Fudd introduces two pieces of classical music: "Tales of the Vienna Woods" and "The Blue Danube", and acted out by Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and a flock of ducks.

Director: Robert Clampett
Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Bea Benaderet
Animation | Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Porky Pig and Daffy Duck owe an outrageous sum to the Broken Arms Hotel. The manager thwarts their efforts to escape without paying their bill.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Mel Blanc
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The Coyote is chasing the Roadrunner using a rather ingenious invention combining a fridge, a meat grinder, ice cubes, and skis.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Paul Julian
Tweetie Pie (1947)
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Thomas the cat finds Tweety in the snow, warming himself by a cigar butt. Thomas's mistress rescues the little yellow bird before her cat can devour him, but Thomas doesn't give up.

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet
Comedy | Short | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Three fun-loving, morally upright brothers from Pimento University save their fiancée from their fiendish archenemy, Dan Backslide, in this spoof of the Rover Boys.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, John McLeish
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Elmer Fudd is taken far into the future (past 1990) and Bugs thinks back to when they first met as little babies.

Director: Robert Clampett
Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Commando Daffy Duck goes behind enemy lines and causes havoc for a Nazi German officer and his troops.

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An exceedingly mild-mannered man is sent out to kill a duck for dinner by his wife. Unfortunately for him, he picks Daffy Duck as his victim. The two face off and do battle for the remainder of the cartoon.

Director: Robert Clampett
Stars: Mel Blanc
8 Ball Bunny (1950)
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Bugs helps a penguin go home via New Orleans, Martinique, the Panama Canal and finally the South Pole. But the penguin's home is in New Jersey.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Dave Barry
Animation | Short | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf, this time performed as pantomime to the Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms.

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Bea Benaderet, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc
A Wild Hare (1940)
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Elmer is a dimwitted hunter who's "wooking for wabbits." Bugs proceeds to confuse, bamboozle, and otherwise humiliate the poor simp.

Director: Tex Avery
Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan
Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Catstello / Tweety (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce Tedd Pierce ... Babbit (voice) (uncredited)
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Babbit and Catstello See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Catstello tells the audience "If the Hays office would only let me, I'd give him the bird alright." This is a double entendre acknowledging that the Hays Code, which set the guidelines for content allowed in a motion picture, would never have allowed a movie character to "give the bird" (making an obscene sign language gesture). See more »

Quotes

Tweety: Hewwo? Fourth Interceptive Command? I tee an unidentified fwying object fwying awound my widdle head.
See more »


Soundtracks

Keep Cool, Fool
(uncredited)
Written by Josef Myrow and James P. Johnson
Played when Babbit tells Catstello to give him the bird
Played often throughout the picture
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Spoofing Abbott & Costello, And Introducing 'Tweety'
11 November 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

A takeoff on Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, famous comedians of the classic era, we have two cats: "Babbit" and "Catstello" just trying to survive and find food, like climbing a very tall tree for a bird snack, if they can get it. That little bird turns out to be "Tweety," the little yellow (later on) canary making his Looney Tunes debut.

Actually, more than half of this cartoon features Tedd Pierce and Mel Blanc imitating the two comedians. They are far more scenes than the little bird but the best scenes are the ones with the little bird high up in his nest. Tweety is naked - no feathers. It's kind of weird, being skin color all over. It's like he's just a tiny baby that has been recently hatched. Anyway, he won't put up with a cat trying to get him - this is one strong little "boid."

"Catstello" can get a little too loud and abrasive (Blan was never subtle with his voices!) but otherwise this was a fun cartoon and interesting Tweety's start in animated films.

I thought the best thing about the cartoon was the direction by Bob Clampett. There are some great "camera" angles in here and it's drawn cleverly in many spots.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed