On Sylvester

Created by Friz Frelong on March 24, 1945

Also known as Sylvester J Pussycat, Sr; Sylvester the Cat, Scaredy Cat,

Appeared in Scaredy Cat (but named Thomas) with Tweety Bird and Tweetie Pie

Won three Academy Awards

Often antagonist to Elmer Fudd, Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzales, Hipperty Hooper, and Spike

Original voiced by Mel Blanc

Sylvester died more than any Looney Tunes character

Relatives: Mrs. Sylvester J Pussycat (wife), Sylvester Jr. (son). Tom Pussycat (brother), Sylith Vester (descendant)

Appeared in Robot Chicken, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, TuneSquad, Space Jam

Honored on a 1998 U.S. postage stamp with Tweety Bird

Some Memorable Lines
I gotta have a bird! I’m weak, but I don’t care! I can’t help it! After all, I am a pussy cat.

Brother pussycats! We’ve been skidded out, scooted out, backed out and booted out! But tonight, we was scared out! It’s unhospitabitatble, and furthermore, it’s un-cat-stitutional!

Sayyy, wait a minute……Tomcats can’t be mothers……Cats can’t lay eggs!

Thufferin’ Thuccotash!

53 thoughts on “On Sylvester

  1. Good Morning Frank, The third video was enabled so I could not watch that one but the other two very cute. I watched with my black and white cat. Fun for a Saturday morning Thanks!


  2. “Sylvester died more than any Looney Tunes character”

    This may be true, but nobody shouid have died more than Wile E. Coyote. I mean, how many times can you fall off a ten-thousand foot cliff or blow yourself up with (insert Acme product here) and not die?


  3. Curses! J-Dub got to my point before I could. Just how many times did Sylvester meet his end with a chagrined wave, while Tweety lamented “Poor, poor puddy-tat”? πŸ˜€
    Great little visit to childhood. And last week. πŸ˜‰


  4. Oh, I love cats that can sing Rossini! My mom had a tuxedo cat that looked very much like Sylvester minus the big red nose. And “Thufferin’ Thuccotash!” – I haven’t thought of that in years! Thanks for the smile, Frank πŸ™‚


  5. I love Sylvester! My favorite was the one where he son was walking around with a paper bag over his head because he was ashamed of poor Sylvester. ” Oh father, how can I ever face troop 12 again. Years of soft living have ruined a once great mouser”
    I have to get DVDs!


  6. I did not realize that Sylvester has such an impressive resume! Thanks for sharing it with us. Can you figure out what was the big brown thing that Elmer threw at Sylvester to literally get him to knock off the singing? At first I thought it was a chair, but when I tried to look at it frame by frame I could not figure out what it was.


  7. Love Sylvester – the bruiser Tomcat we picked up for the animal shelter recently looks just like him. But doesn’t speak. He’s just brough his second squirrel of the day in to us. Keep ’em coming Frank!


    • Ginger,
      Dang … just another example how looks can be deceiving. Nonetheless, it seems he is a keeper … and with his hunting ability, I have too many chipmunks in my midst. Thanks for commenting.


  8. i wonder who’s had worse luck – sylvester or wile e. coyote. also, in your list of “antagonist to-” wasn’t he pitted against foghorn leghorn occasionally? or maybe i’m thinking of a different character.


    • Deborah,
      Glad you enjoyed this. Sylvester is one of many classic characters from the golden age of cartoons.Because I grew up in that era, I enjoy doing these. πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting.


  9. Tweety and Sylvester are just about the best! I didn’t know about the Academy Awards! Very prestigious character…and wasn’t Mel Blanc just a genius. Do you know if these cartoons are still airing? I wonder if children today have any idea! Debra


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