Remember that one day when you could wake up without an alarm? When you would get your favorite bowl of cereal and sit between the hours of 8 and 12? This is a blog dedicated to the greatest time of our childhood: Saturday mornings. The television programs you watched, the memories attached to them, and maybe introducing you to something you didn't realize existed. Updated every weekend.
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Created by Tom Minton and James T. Walker, and developed
by Fay Whitemountain, The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries followed
Granny (June Foray) as she traveled around the world solving various mysteries.
Keeping her company and sometimes aiding her were her pets, Sylvester
and Tweety (both Joe Alaskey). Only sometimes because Sylvester spent most of
the time trying to eat Tweety. Fortunately, he was thwarted by Tweety’s
resourcefulness and Granny’s other pet, bulldog Hector (who was redesigned to
look more like Marc
Antony, voiced by Frank Welker). Hector would often beat Sylvester up for
his attempts, typically off-camera or behind a screen.
Granny, Sylvester, Tweety and Hector in a pickle...barrel.
Three other more obscure characters also made appearances from the period
Bros. Animation’s first return. After three years of outsourcing their
cartoon productions when they closed their in-house studio upon completion of The Bugs Bunny Show, Warner
Bros. decided to reform the studio in 1967. Because Warner Bros. was bought
by Seven Arts Associates shortly after, it was known as Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Animation (aka W-7). During this time, a new character was introduced: Cool Cat
(Larry Storch). He was a hep
tiger who wore a beret and spoke in beatnik slang. His primary antagonist was
Colonel Rimfire (also Storch), a big game hunter. Cool Cat’s series only ran
for five short films when the studio closed again in 1969. Cool Cat (now Alaskey)
was featured in every episode in some form or other (background, picture, brief
speaking role, etc.). Colonel Rimfire (also Alaskey) and another Cool Cat
character, a ghost named Spooky (Welker), made appearances. They were the only
characters from the W-7 era to make any other major appearances in a Warner
Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries ran for five seasons and was later
integrated as part of the omnibus program, The Cat & Bridie Warneroonie Pinky
Brainie Big Cartoonie Show. For the first season, each episode was a
single half-hour mystery. It was also dedicated to the memory of Sylvester and
Tweety creator Friz Freleng,
who had died months prior from natural causes at the age of 88. Starting with
season two and lasting until the show’s end, each episode was split into two
mysteries. The final episode, “The Tail End / This is the End”, never aired on
Kids’ WB after the series’ cancellation. It was finally aired during the show’s
run on Cartoon Network two years
later on December 13, 2002.
“The Cat Who Knew Too Much” (9/9/95) – In New Orleans for a canary
crooning contest, Tweety ends up birdnapped by Rocky and Mugsy.
“Platinum Wheel of Fortune” (9/16/95) – Clearing Granny of a theft
becomes difficult when Sylvester ends up pursued by Pepe’s cousin, Pitu Le Pew.
“Double Take” (9/23/95) – Sylvester and Tweety hunt down the culprit
of a crimewave in Denmark to clear Granny’s name.
“A Chip Off the Old Castle” (9/30/95) – Granny investigates the theft
of Ireland’s Blarney Stone.
“Something Fishy Around Here” (10/7/95) – Investigating the theft of
the world’s largest tuna in Japan has Sylvester and Tweety run across some Triad
“B2 or Not B2” (11/4/95) – Granny investigates who’s targeting Bingo
winners on her cruise.
“Bull Running on Empty” (11/11/95) – Granny heads to Spain to
investigate the theft of the Pamplona Periscope.
“A Ticket to Crime” (11/18/95) – Granny tries to solve the death of
the host of a gathering of detectives.
“The Maltese Canary” (11/25/95) – While Granny runs Sam Spade’s office
in San Francisco, a cast of characters believe Tweety is the Maltese Canary.
“It Happened One Night Before Christmas” (12/16/95) – Granny tries to
figure out what happened to the $8000 from her brother’s company.
“Outback Down Under” (1/27/96) – Granny investigates the
disappearances of Australian sheep.
“It’s a Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World” (2/3/96) – Granny investigates
the theft of a family tartan in Scotland.
“Go Fig” (2/17/96) – Granny investigates the theft of a rancher’s fig crops.
“Spaced Out / Autumn’s Leaving” (9/7/96) – Granny uncovers an alien
invasion. / Granny and company encounter Witch Hazel in a New England forest.
“Catch as Catch Cannes / Yodel Recall” (9/14/96) – Granny investigate
the theft of film prizes while Sylvester disguises himself as a film producer
to pursue Tweety. / Granny investigates the kidnapping of the Von Trump singers
as Sylvester meets the Abominable Snowman.
“Don’t Polka Me / The Granny Vanishes” (9/28/96) – Someone replaces
accordion reeds with duck calls at a dance festival while two other cats try to
get Tweety. / Granny disappears on the Orient Express.
“The Scare Up There / If It’s Wednesday, This Must Be Holland!”
(11/2/96) – Sylvester is plagued by gnomes on a plane. / Granny pursues a smuggler
who stole rare flowers from Holland.
“Curse of De Nile / Hawaii 33 1/3” (11/9/96) – Granny investigates the
disappearance of an archaeologist in Egypt. / Granny investigates the
disappearance of Hawaiian Tiki statues.
“Keep Your Pantheon / London Broiled” (11/16/96) – Sylvester chases
Tweety into Pandora’s Box and ends up back in time. / The Shropshire Slasher
makes Granny his next target while exposure to a formula causes Tweety to
change repeatedly into a monster.
“They Call Me Mr. Lincoln / Froggone It” (2/15/97) – Accidentally using
Abraham Lincoln’s toothpick gets Sylvester kicked out of the state. / Granny
investigates the kidnapping of Michigan J. Frog.
“One Froggy Throat / Mush Ado About Nothing” (2/22/97) – Sylvester can’t
get away from Michigan J. Frog. / Hector and Sylvester become Granny’s sled
“The Star of Bombay / Happy Pranksgiving” (9/13/97) – Granny investigates
a missing Indian film star. / Granny is on the hunt for the Squeegee the Clown parade
“Is Paris Stinking? / Fangs for the Memories” (9/20/97) – French authorities
task Granny with discovering the origin of a foul smell in the city. / Granny
and the pets are forced to take shelter in a spooky castle belonging to a
“Moscow Side Story / Fair’s Fair” (10/11/97) – Granny is hired to find
the Borscht Belt that turns its wearer into a comedian. / As the others try to
win a pie eating contest, Tweety investigates suspicious activity in the
“El Dia de Los Pussygatos / 3 Days & 2 Nights of the Condor”
(11/1/97) – Granny has to help rescue a Mexican mayor being held for ransom. / Sylvester
finds competition with Beaky Buzzard for Tweety.
“Yelp / Jeepers Creepers” (11/15/97) – Granny enters Hector into a dog
show to find a stolen diamond collar. / Granny investigates missing jewels at a
party while Sylvester’s former partner appears to cause trouble.
“Fleas Release Me / Niagara’s Fallen” (2/7/98) – Granny investigates
the disappearance of the performers of a flea circus. / Granny investigates the
diversion of the water at Niagara Falls.
“Spooker of the House / Furgo” (2/14/98) – Sylvester is haunted by
Howard Taft at the White House. / The pets try to get Granny’s Nash back from
Rocky and Mugsy.
“The Fountain of Funk / Yes, We Have No Canaries” (2/21/98) – A technology
nerd didn’t pay attention to the 70s growing up and wants Granny to find it for
him. / Granny is hired to find stolen canaries from Kanary Island.
“The Shell Game / Rasslin’ Rhapsody” (2/28/98) – Sylvester and Tweety
end up stranded in the Galapagos Islands and meet Cecil Turtle. / A night of
wrestling gets interrupted when someone steals the championship belt.
“Ice Cat-Pades / To Catch a Puddy” (4/25/98) – Granny solves an ice hockey
mystery with Babbit and Catsello. / Sylvester is believed to be a cat burglar.
“Family Circles / Sea You Later” (5/2/98) – Granny investigates crop
circles while chasing Tweety leads Sylvester to encounter Foghorn Leghorn. /
Manatees rampage against Lake Placid sea creatures.
“A Case of Red Herring / Roswell that Ends Well” (5/9/98) – Granny helps
a famous Swedish lawyer. / Granny searches for a missing alien in the New
“A Good Nephew is Hard to Find / Mirage Sale” (5/16/98) – Granny visits
her nephew in Tokyo. / Granny investigates a playboy who was drafted into the
Foreign Legion and vanished.
“The Stilted Perch / A Game of Cat and Monster!” (9/19/98) – A criminal
magician Granny put away turns up at the bed and breakfast they stay at. /
Granny and the pets head to the Black Forest to rescue Colonel Rimfire.
“You’re Thor?! / I Gopher You” (9/26/98) – Granny is hired to find the
golden statue of Thor. / Granny searches for a cattle rustler.
“Hold the Lyin’ King, Please / Suite Mystery of Wife – At Last I Found
You…” (10/3/98) – Sylvester trades places with a lion. / Granny believes a
mild-mannered scientist may have bumped off his nagging wife.
“The San Francisco Beat / The Triangle of Terror” (10/10/98) – Granny investigates
the disappearance of a Beatnik’s magic flute. / While searching for a musical
triangle for a conductor, Sylvester ends up lost at sea.
“Casino Evil / Happy Bathday to You” (11/7/98) – Sylvester replaces an
albino monkey in Vegas while Granny searches for it. / Granny and the pets
explore a bath factory in England while Tweety celebrates his birthday.
“The Rotha-Khan / Good Bird Hunting” (11/21/98) – Sylvester accidentally
breaks the cement footprints of a town founder and Granny is put in jail as a
result. / Sylvester finds an idol Granny searches for and it makes him all-powerful.
“Feather Christmas / A Fist Full of Lutefisk” (12/12/98) – Granny helps
a little girl retrieve the bird her parents got rid of. / Granny investigates a
giant’s theft of a Norway town’s lutefisk.
“Venice, Anyone? / The Fifty Karat Furball” (1/16/99) – Granny investigates
the disappearance of the water in Venice. / Sylvester accidentally swallows the
I of Istanbul, which Rocky and Mugsy planned to steal.
“Son of Roswell That Ends Well / A Mynah Problem” (1/30/99) – Granny
and the pets go to space to retrieve a general. / Granny investigates a missing
Mynah Bird which Sylvester plans to eat.
“Whatever Happened to Shorty Twang / A Big Knight Out” (2/13/99) – Granny
investigates the disappearance of a country singer. / Granny attends a medieval
festival where someone stole King Arthur’s stone and sword.
“Brussels Sprouts / The Golden Bird of Shangri-Claw” (2/27/99) – Granny
disguises Hector as Napoleon to retrieve a statue of him. / Granny tries to
find out why Mt. Everest isn’t the tallest in the world anymore while Sylvester
and Tweety end up in Shangri-Claw.
“When Granny Ruled the Earth / Dutch Tweet” (3/27/99) – Granny and the
pets watch a documentary about their ancestors. / Granny goes to Amsterdam to
bid on a figurine two thieves have their sights on.
“Bayou on the Half Shell / Seeing Double” (5/1/99) – Hector and
Sylvester are in obedience school while Granny and Tweety look to stop a giant
crawdad. / While exploring Happy Pet Village, Tweety meets his double and they
drive Sylvester crazy.
“This is the Kitty / Eye for an Aye Aye” (9/18/99) – Granny volunteers
at the zoo. / Granny finds Captain Kidd’s missing treasure map and goes
“When Harry Met Salleri / The Early Woim Gets the Boid” (9/25/99) –
Granny investigates ghosts stealing the sound of music in Austria. / Granny
investigates the disappearance of silk worms from a silk factory in Korea.
“Blackboard Jumble / What’s the Frequency, Kitty?” (11/20/99) –
Sylvester and Hector battle with blackboards. / Sylvester flees from a friendly
“Dial V for Veterinarian / California’s Crusty Bronze” (2/5/00) – It’s
vet time for the pets. / Granny tries to save a restaurant’s reputation.
“The Tail End? / This is the End” (12/13/02) – Everyone thinks
Sylvester took the Manx mouse and wants his tail in payback. / Sylvester
finally eats Tweety and ends up in jail for 100 days while beset upon by an
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