Ain’t She Tweet

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jul 13, 2015

We begin with some exemplary Mickey Mousing music, accompanying the conversation between Tweety and the mouse in the pet store window. Sylvester looks on hungrily. Brick, cop, face! Tweety is sold to Granny, and her hundred bulldogs. “They’re so cute and active.” The subsequent string of gags is really superb. “Dat Putty Tat’s got pink skin under his fur coat!” Here’s the good old stilts and sawing dogs gag—great sound effects as usual, great use of off screen space. As usual. The old man part is particularly dispiriting and funny. Sylvester is an absurdist hero. I can’t go on; I’ll go on. Animation scholar Gregg Ford, on the second track commentary, compares director Friz Freleng’s violence to the Lubitsch touch. Never shown, constantly suggested.