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A Street Cat Named Sylvester (1953)

The title of this cartoon is a misnomer, because it is in fact Tweety Bird who is the homeless one here, and Sylvester is Granny's pet. Tweety seeks shelter from a blizzard and taps on ... See full summary »

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Warren Foster (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Sylvester / Tweety / Hector the Bulldog (voice)
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The title of this cartoon is a misnomer, because it is in fact Tweety Bird who is the homeless one here, and Sylvester is Granny's pet. Tweety seeks shelter from a blizzard and taps on Granny's house door. Sylvester answers and grabs the canary. He tries to hide Tweety from Granny while evading the attacks of Hector, Granny's bed-ridden bulldog, who wants revenge on Sylvester for his broken leg. Tweety keeps escaping Sylvester's clutches, with Hector's help. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1953 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title is based on the play "A Streetcar Named Desire", directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Irene Mayer Selznick, which opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on December 3, 1947 and ran for 855 performances. See more »

Connections

Spoofs A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Spring Has Sprung
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Music by Peter De Rose
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Misleading title but still an amusing Sylvester and Tweety cartoon
11 September 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

A Street Cat Named Sylvester may not be one of the best Sylvester/Tweety cartoons but it's a decent one and an improvement on the previous cartoon of theirs, the hit-and-miss Tom Tom Tomcat. The title is misleading to the extent that you're thinking "am I watching the right cartoon" and A Street Cat Named Sylvester even for the purposefully formulaic Sylvester/Tweety series is very predictable with some of the gags- especially the admittedly still chuckle worthy refrigerator one- ones that are repeated often, with Sylvester and Tweety and in general. Granny has also been put to much better use than here, here she feels sidelined. However, the animation is crisp and colourful with a good amount of detail in the backgrounds and the characters look good, the expressions of Sylvester being particularly good. The music is beautifully orchestrated and has plenty of rhythmic energy, while the cartoon is amusingly scripted- if not the sharpest in the world- and the gags while unoriginal are hardly misfires either, the funniest being the knitting scene and the ending. There is some violence here but not in a bizarre or over-sadistic way, it's a way that is in perfect keeping with the cartoony nature. Tweety is cute but you'll be surprised at how anarchic he is here as well, especially at the end, and you do feel sorry for Hector. But Sylvester steals the show here, he was always the funnier and more interesting character than Tweety and it is the case with A Street Cat Named Sylvester, he takes the laughs very well even inducing a laugh at a gesture or facial expression and you can relate with him too. Mel Blanc's voice work is faultless, one of the few voice actors to play multiple characters and give them different identifies, most of them he voiced for many years and with remarkably consistency too. Bea Benaderet doesn't have anywhere near as much to do but is more than reliable. In conclusion, there are better Sylvester/Tweety cartoons but A Street Cat Named Sylvester is still an entertaining watch. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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