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Encyclopedia > Sylvester the cat

Sylvester J. Pussycat Senior is a fictional cat who appears in several Looney Tunes cartoons, often chasing Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzalez, or Hippety Hopper. The name Sylvester is a play on silvestris, the scientific name for the cat species. The character's prototype appeared in Bob Clampett's 1941 cartoon The Hep Cat who had not name, but resembled Sylvester. But he had no sloppering voice, but his voice sounded like Sylvester with no sloppering. The character got his permanent look in the 1945 short film Life With Feathers. In the 1946 cartoon Tweetie Pie (which was the both the first pairing of Tweety with Sylvester as well as the first Warner Bros. cartoon to win an Academy Award), Sylvester was called Thomas. Cats and other felines have often been used as characters in literature and in other forms of media. ... Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers cartoon series that preceded the Merrie Melodies series, and is both WBs first animated theatrical series and the second longest continuous animated series in any medium. ... A cartoon is any of several forms of art, with varied meanings that evolved from one to another. ... Toy made in Tweetys image Tweety aka Tweety Pie or Tweety Bird is a fictional character in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated cartoons. ... Speedy Gonzalez is a cartoon mouse from the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes series of cartoons. ... Hippety Hopper is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... For articles on topics with similar names, see Wildcat. ... In biology, a species is, loosely speaking, a group of related organisms that share a more or less distinctive form and are capable of interbreeding. ... Robert Bob Clampett (May 8, 1913–May 4, 1984) was an animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... 1945 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... First appearance of Sylvester the cat. ... 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... First pairing of Tweety and Sylvester. ... Warner Bros. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Sylvester's trademark was his sloppy, stridulating lisp (which, like Daffy Duck's, was based on producer Leon Schlesinger's). His sloppy voice was provided by voice acting legend Mel Blanc. Blanc reveals in his autobiography that Sylvester's voice and Daffy's were identical, but Daffy's was sped up in post-production. A lisp is a speech impediment. ... Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... Leon Schlesinger (1884 - December 25, 1949) was a producer at the Warner Bros. ... Melvin Jerome Blanc, better known as Mel Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989), was a famous American voice actor for many animation studios, primarily the Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera studios. ...


Sylvester is an adorable cat who shows much pride in himself, and he never gives up. Despite (or perhaps because of) his pride and persistence, Sylvester was definitely on the "loser" side of the Looney Tunes winner/loser hierarchy. His character was basically that of Wile E. Coyote while he was chasing mice or birds. He shows a different character when paired with Porky Pig in explorations of spooky places, in which he doesn't speak as a scaredy cat. (In these cartoons, he basically plays the terrified Costello to Porky's oblivious Abbott.) Sylvester's most developed role is as hapless mouse-catching instructor to his dubious son, Sylvester Junior, in which the "mouse" is a powerful baby kangaroo. His alternately confident and bewildered episodes bring his son to shame, while Sylvester himself is reduced to nervous breakdowns. Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote The Road Runner cartoons are a series of Looney Tunes cartoons created by Chuck Jones for Warner Brothers. ... Porky Pig, as seen in a Looney Tunes cartoon Porky Pig is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... Lou Costello & Bud Abbott (top) Louis Francis Cristillo aka Lou Costello (March 6, 1906 – March 3, 1959) was an American actor, producer and comedian from Paterson, New Jersey. ... William Alexander Abbott aka Bud Abbott (October 2, 1897 – April 24, 1974) is a legendary American actor, producer and comedian from Asbury Park, New Jersey. ... Sylvester J. Pussycat Junior is the son of Sylvester the cat in the Looney Tunes cartoons. ...


Sylvester also had atypical roles in a few cartoons:

In the TV series Tiny Toon Adventures, Sylvester appeared as the mentor of Furrball. Bob Clampett directed his only Sylvester the cat cartoon, released in 1946. ... 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Robert Bob Clampett (May 8, 1913–May 4, 1984) was an animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Porky Pig, as seen in a Looney Tunes cartoon Porky Pig is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... 1948 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Isadore Friz Freleng (August 21, 1905–May 26, 1995) was an animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... The fictional cartoon character Elmer Fudd, now one of the most famous Looney Tunes / Merrie Melodies characters, also has one of the more convoluted and disputed origins in the Warner Brothers cartoon pantheon (second only to Bugs Bunny himself). ... 1950 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Charles Martin Chuck Jones (September 21, 1912–February 22, 2002) was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Brothers cartoon studio. ... Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... —Sir Percy Blakeney (ch. ... Tiny Toon Adventures (a. ... Furrball was the fictional blue toon alley cat on Tiny Toon Adventures. ...


External links

  • Sylvester's history at Warner Bros' official website (requires flash).
  • Sylvester the Cat Fanclub

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Sylvester the Cat - A Favorite Cartoon Cat (471 words)
Sylvester the cat, with his tomato red nose and huge jowls, made his first appearance in the 1945 Warner Bros. cartoon 'Life With Feathers'.
The canary was not so innocent as it looked and often matched Sylvester cat in deviousness and cunning, often setting things up so that the cat appeared to be the sole mischief maker and the bird the sinless victim.
Sylvester is remembered for his rasping lisp, particularly his catch-phrase 'Sufferin' succotash!' The voice for Sylvester the cat was provided by Mel Blanc the man behind so many of the looney tunes voices, and was said to be modeled on producer Leon Schlesinger's own lisp.
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