Hey folks, Valkor here, taking another stroll down Looney Tunes lane. The folks at Warner Home have dropped another tasty nugget upon us that I wasn't too thrilled about at first, but "Looney Tunes Superstars: Tweety & Sylvester - Feline Fwenzy" is just what the doctor ordered – a heaping dose of side splitting laughter.
Let me elaborate more on that opening. I've never been the biggest Sylvester and Tweety fan. I mean Tom and Jerry are a tough act to follow, and those two really went at it! Now you have a cat and bird, essentially doing the same thing, but the one being chased talks and has a catchphrase that follows him in every episode - "I tawt I taw a puddy tat!" When you watch it on a weekly basis, it's fine. But when you watch it in one sitting… well… Moving on!
Feline Fwenzy follows the adventures of Sylvester and Tweety as they play cat and mouse… I mean bird, where Sylvester is the hungry feline and Tweety is the delicious prey. The disc contains 15 episodes of some of the best shorts of the Looney Tune franchise featuring the dynamic duo as they tear up the small screen. Highlights include:
Tweety Pie – In this short, Sylvester is referred to as Thomas… funny that they changed it. Heh! Anywho, Tweety is brought in from the cold, with a hungry Thomas (Sylvester) hankerin for a hunk of bird. But the lady of the house will have nothin to do with his eating of Tweety, so Thomas does his best to get his meal on the sly.
Tweety's S.O.S. – A hungry Sylvester, who's too good for garbage, seeks out Tweety on a cruise ship, stowing away on board. But Sylvester doesn't realize that he also has Granny to contend with. However Sylvester learns Granny's weakness – she can't see a thing without her glasses, which he uses to his advantage.
Bird's Anonymous – Sylvester is talked into giving up eating birds (especially one particular Tweety bird), and joins up with BA – Birds Anonymous. But temptation is a bitch and Sylvester learns it won't be so easy to get that the monkey off his back.
Ain't She Tweet – Sylvester eyeballs Tweety in a pet store. Tweety is soon purchased by Granny, who it just so happens, has a house full of dogs. Do you think Sylvester is dumb enough to go up against 101 bulldogs, all for the sake of one scrawny Tweety bird delight? It wouldn't be funny if he didn't try.
No further extras on the disc, but that's ok, it's more for us to enjoy. So let's dive right in to the TOV Breakdown!
The last set we featured, Foghorn Leghorn and friends, cracked me up. This set continues the funny and sticks with the cat and bird duo throughout. Just like Tom and Jerry, Sylvester and Tweety really go at one another (but T and J were much more violent… ooops I mean hilarious). What really boost the comedic levels of the set is the voice characterization of Mel Blanc, who gives vocal life to the duo. Yes a majority of the jokes are visual, but the vocal jokes help too. Plus you'll never grow tired of Tweety's "I tawt I taw a putty tat"... at least not from the jump. The animation looks great, though the box doesn't state if the shorts were remastered; colors are bright, darks are bold, and everything looks brand spanking new. When compared with the Foghorn Leghorn set, I'd say Feline Fwenzy has more laughs and much more enjoyable.
Trying to watch all 15 episodes in one sitting; doesn't really sit all that well. Don't get me wrong, I love Sylvester and Tweety to death, but as much as I love Mel's work on the characters, I think I could do without all the talking. For instance, I can watch Tom and Jerry for days, because all they do is kick the shit out of one another. But Sylvester and Tweety have way too much to say. You can only take so much "I tawt I taw…" and so on, for only so long.
Tweety and Sylvester Feline Fwenzy is available now and I'd definitely recommend it if you're a fan of the Looney Tunes characters. Trust me, they don't make em like this anymore, though there are a few shows that come close (I'm looking at you Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy). And with that, out of TOV 5 stars, I give Feline Fwenzy 4.5 and it's been Valkor tested, TOV Approved!