A Gruesome Twosome

A Gruesome Twosome is a 1945 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Bob Clampett.[2] The short was released on June 9, 1945, and stars Tweety.[3]

A Gruesome Twosome
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Directed byRobert Clampett
Produced byEdward Selzer (uncredited)
Story byWarren Foster[1]
StarringMel Blanc
Sara Berner (both uncredited)
Music byMusical Direction:
Carl W. Stalling
Orchestra:
Milt Franklyn (uncredited)
Animation byRobert McKimson
Manny Gould
Rod Scribner
Basil Davidovich
Effects Animation:
A. C. Gamer
Layouts byThomas McKimson
Backgrounds byMicheal Sasanoff
Color processTechnicolor
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • June 9, 1945 (1945-06-09)
Running time
7:26
LanguageEnglish

This is the last Tweety film directed by Clampett, following 1942's A Tale of Two Kitties and 1944's Birdy and the Beast,[4] and the last one before he is permanently paired with Sylvester. One of the cats in this cartoon is a caricature of the comedian Jimmy Durante.

PlotEdit

The cartoon opens up with two cats (a couple) talking/singing in meows (set to the tune of the 1909 pop tune Me-ow). Then we see a red cat (a caricature of Jimmy Durante) who hits a yellow cat with a frying pan while the yellow cat is talking to the female cat. Then the red cat tries to get the girl to kiss him. As he tries to kiss her, out of nowhere an insane dog (who admits that he "doesn't actually belong in this picture") pops up and kisses the female cat, prompting the Durante cat to exclaim that "Everybody wants to get into the act. Umbriago! IT'S DISGUSTING!" As the two cats fight, the female tells them whoever can bring her a bird can be her "fella". Then the red cat uses numerous tricks to stop the yellow cat. Then we see the cats climbing up the pole. Tweety states his usual catchphrase "I tawt I taw a putty tat" followed by "I tawt I taw ANOTHER putty tat". Then both cats realize that the other one is up with them and they fight and Tweety hits them with a mallet causing them to fall off the pole; then Tweety states "Aw, the poor puddy tats! They fall down and go BOOM!" (on the word BOOM, Tweety yells at the top of his lungs) and smiles. Then the red cat wakes up, and so does the yellow but the yellow gets hit by a frying pan again. Then the cats fight again and the red cat realizes that they must use strategy (which the Durante cat pronounces "stragedy"). Then the red cat comes up with a plan. We then see them in an unrealistic horse costume and the red cat states that he is the head. Then Tweety pops out of the tail and grabs a bee. As he slaps it he puts it in the horse costume and hits the costume and the cats get stung and crash into a tree. Then the red cat comes up with another plan. But then Tweety lures a dog to attack the cats by grabbing its bone and putting it into the cat's costume and the cats get attacked; then Tweety says "You know I get wid of more putty tats that way!" then does the Durante "hot cha cha cha" as the film irises out.

ReceptionEdit

Animation scholar Michael Barrier writes, "Like the earlier cartoon A Tale of Two Kitties, A Gruesome Twosome pits Tweety against two cats, and Tweety is so overpowering that even two foes seem like far too few. There's scarcely a hint here of the cute yellow canary that Tweety would become when director Friz Freleng took the helm. Clampett's Tweety is not a baby bird anyone would want to encounter in a dark alley."[5]

CastEdit

Home mediaEdit

A Gruesome Twosome is presented (uncut and restored) on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Beck, Jerry (1991). I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat: Fifty Years of Sylvester and Tweety. New York: Henry Holt and Co. p. 87. ISBN 0-8050-1644-9.
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 160. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  3. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 151–152. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Robert Clampett". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-03-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Beck, Jerry, ed. (2020). The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons. Insight Editions. p. 81. ISBN 978-1-64722-137-9.
  6. ^ "Bob Clampett's "A Gruesome Twosome" (1945)". Retrieved 2018-03-28.

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