"You know, I lose more putty tats that way!"
Don't expect many if any surprises from the story of Bad Ol' Putty Tat it is on the predictable side(then again a lot of the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons are). But don't let that bother you too much because Bad Ol' Putty Tat is still colourful and fun, there may be those who may find it repetitive or tiring depending on whether you like Sylvester and Tweety or not but to me the cartoon was anything but. Bad Ol' Putty Tat is an early cartoon for Sylvester and Tweety but looking at the vibrancy and detail of the animation here you wouldn't have guessed and some of the drawing is noticeably more fluid than the later cartoons of theirs. Sylvester and Tweety are both well drawn. The music sounds beautiful, is very characterful and matches each action, gesture and expression really well(that was always one of Carl Stalling's strong traits in his compositions and he does it better than most composers scoring music for cartoons). The dialogue is sharp and witty, you do wish that Sylvester had dialogue but Tweety's dialogue is still funny, especially his final line and "Now how do you suppose I got me wittle self in such a pwedicament?". There are some great gags, ones that do raise a good laugh at least and they don't feel recycled either. The best ones are those with the trampoline, Sylvester disguising his finger as a female bird and Tweety being mistaken for a shuttlecock, they're pretty hilarious. Both Sylvester and Tweety work well and are a well-matched pair. Sylvester takes the laughs in his usual funny way, with some priceless facial expressions as always, and you do find yourself rooting for him. Tweety has that Freleng cuteness but he also has traits of the anarchic personality that Clampett gave him, the things he does like with the trampoline gag are things that he wouldn't have done in his later cartoons. Mel Blanc's vocal characterisations are spot on as well. So all in all, not among the very best of the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons but a thoroughly enjoyable one. 9/10 Bethany Cox
- Jul 25, 2014
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