Sylvester the Cat Page

About Sylvester

Isadore Freleng
  • On 24th of March 1945, Isadore "Friz" Freleng (21.8.1905 - 26.5.1995), an animator-director in Termite Terrace animation studios, gives birth to a "puddy tat" called Sylvester.
  • Sylvester was formally designed to resemble a clown - that's the reason of his red nose and low crutch. These strong characteristics were reduced soon afterwards, to make animation of Sylvester more comfortable.
  • Sylvester's first lispy words "Thufferin Thuccotash!" dubbed by the talented voice actor Mel Blanc became his trademark almost immediately. Sylvester's voice was essentially a voice of Daffy Duck, without the pitch effect.
  • Sylvester J. Pussycat debuts in "Life with Feathers" with a suicidal parrot, and receives his first Oscar-nomination.
  • In 1948, Sylvester meets Hippety Hopper, a baby kangaroo whom he mistook for a giant mouse.

    Mel Blanc
    The same year, Sylvester appeared in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies comic book. Sylvester Junior was introduced in "Pop im Pop" in 1950.
  • In 1955, Sylvester plays against Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse of Mexico.
  • And of course, from 1947 to 1964, his best-know role against Tweety bird (also known as Tweety Pie) with two Oscars and a third nomination.
  • Sylvester keeps his star status also in modern cartoons. Since 1995 he played in "Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries", as well as several major Warner Brothers movies (Space Jam, Looney Tunes Back in Action).
  • In 1998, Sylvester and Tweety appeared together on a U.S. postage stamp.
    Sylvester's cartoons have been seen by generation after generation and will probably continue to be seen for a long time to come.

    Different looks of Sylvester

    Friz Freleng

    Rob McKimson

    Chuck Jones

    Present animation
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