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Birds Anonymous (1957)

In this spoof of Alcoholics Anonymous, pussy cats are cast as bird-eating addicts and go through the 12-step process to deal with their addiction. Sylvester, who could never quite get the ... See full summary »

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... Sylvester / Tweety / Clarence / B.A. Cats / Sam / TV Chef / Radio Announcer (voice)
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In this spoof of Alcoholics Anonymous, pussy cats are cast as bird-eating addicts and go through the 12-step process to deal with their addiction. Sylvester, who could never quite get the best of the object of his desire, Tweety Bird, joins and resolves to quit chasing and eating the canary. Tweety innocently asks the puddy "Don't you wike me anymo'?" setting off a series of events which will test the puddy tat's resolve. Several attempts to get his mind off eating Tweety backfire, leading him to a delirious attempt to eat the bird. Sam (Sylvester's B.A. sponsor, introduced earlier) intervenes and shows how birds and cats can peacefully co-exist, but he falls off the wagon when he kisses Tweety and thus getting a taste of him and wanting a lot more! Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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When Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones presented the award for best live action short film at the 1958 Academy Awards, Hudson accidentally read the winner for the best animated short film instead, which was "Birds Anonymous". Shortly after John W. Burton accepted the award, Hudson and Jones read the nominees for the best animated short, followed by the winner for the best live action short. See more »

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Tweety: Like said before: once a bad old putty tat, always a bad old putty tat.
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Edited into Bugs Bunny's Easter Special (1977) See more »

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Tip-Toe thru' the Tulips with Me
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Music by Joseph A. Burke
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Termite Terrace's folks needn't be anonymous (especially since AA is essentially a religion)
7 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

"Birds Anonymous" is one of the many classic Looney Tunes cartoons that comes across funnier when you're an adult than when you're a kid, as you understand what it's spoofing. In this case, the target is Alcoholics Anonymous, as Sylvester enters an organization that helps cats break their bird addiction. But it's not that easy for him to think about anything other than Tweety (it's hard to deny that felines really develop dependencies on avians).

They hit it right on the nail with this cartoon. The meeting early on shows cats talking about how their bird addictions were running their lives into the ground until the organization saved them. And when the organization's rep Sam catches Sylvester trying to eat Tweety, Sam goes off on a speech about how this one snack will open Sylvester's addiction back up! I actually think that it's really good that they spoofed Alcholics Anonymous. Once, I was watching Penn & Teller's show, and they said that AA is basically a religion. Aside from the fact that a "12-step program" is a rather dogmatic idea, AA apparently hasn't changed it's modus operandi since its creation in 1935. But if AA helps people break their addiction, then it probably balances everything out.

Anyway, this is a really funny cartoon. Like I said, it becomes funnier once you're old enough to understand it (as do many if not most of the classic Looney Tunes cartoons). It certainly deserved its Oscar.


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