Trip for Tat

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Trip For Tat
Merrie Melodies (Sylvester/Tweety/Granny series
Directed by Friz Freleng
Produced by John W. Burton
Story by Michael Maltese
Voices by Mel Blanc
June Foray
Music by Milt Franklyn
Animation by Gerry Chiniquy
Tom Ray
Virgil Ross
Layouts by Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds by Tom O'Loughlin
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) October 29, 1960 (US premiere)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 min (one reel)
Language English

Trip For Tat is a 1960 Merrie Melodies animated short starring Looney Tunes characters Sylvester, Tweety, and Granny. Although it contains a new plot, wherein Granny and Tweety travel to various locations (Paris, Swiss Alps, Japan, and Italy) while Sylvester tries to eat Tweety in every one, the cartoon is mostly made up of footage from previous cartoons. Here are the cartoons which the short borrows animation from, in order of appearance:

  • Tweety's S.O.S. (1951): The entire boat sequence.
  • Tree Cornered Tweety (1956): The sequence where Sylvester tries to catch Tweety on skis, as well as the bridge scene (with the American fisherman changed to a stereotypical Japanese fisherman).
  • Tweet Tweet Tweety (1951): The sequence where Sylvester swings towards Tweety on a balcony while barely avoiding a construction pillar.
  • A Pizza Tweety Pie (1958): The final sequence where Sylvester eats spaghetti in the restaurant.

The only new animation in the short is at the beginning when the world tour is described to Granny, the finger painting sequence, when Sylvester is first in The Alps and Japan, and Tweety looking up at Sylvester cutting through the floorboards.

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