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Gift Wrapped (1952)

Sylvester gets a rubber mouse for Christmas, but he much prefers Granny's gift: a new Tweety Bird.

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Warren Foster (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Sylvester / Tweety / Dog (voice)
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Storyline

It's Christmas Day in the home of Granny, and her pet cat Sylvester delights at chasing her new Tweety Bird and takes fright at the bulldog unwrapped from under the tree. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Als Geschenk verpackt See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Sylvester: You're just not whistling Dixie, brother!
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Alternate Versions

Current Cartoon Network version cuts out the entire scene in which Sylvester, dressed as an indian, tries to catch Tweetie, who's dressed as a cowboy. Sylvester pulls off the cork of Tweetie's gun and gets blasted in the face. He manages to catch Tweetie but gets stopped by Granny, who's also dressed like an indian. See more »

Connections

Edited into Tweet Dreams (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Played during the opening credits
Also sung by Tweety
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A run-of-the-mill cartoon elevated by an impeccably realised Christmas atmosphere
1 October 2008 | by phantom_tollboothSee all my reviews

Friz Freleng's 'Gift Wrapped' is a decent entry in the lacklustre Tweety and Sylvester series. A Christmas cartoon set entirely in a house on Christmas morning, 'Gift Wrapped' adheres to some pretty standard and not terribly funny jokes involving dynamite and surprisingly effective toy guns. Such gags can be made fresh again with the right execution but in the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons Freleng always seemed content to just play them the way they'd already been played a million times before. The addition of Granny and a Bulldog to proceedings adds a little colour and Tweety is not excessively annoying this time round either but the main thing that saves 'Gift Wrapped' from being as weak as the worst Tweety and Sylvester shorts is the impeccably realised festive atmosphere which gives the cartoon a pleasingly cosy feel. I used to love seeing 'Gift Wrapped' at Christmas when I was young and that happy memory has not totally deserted me as I watch it again. But sentiment is not enough to make a great cartoon and 'Gift Wrapped' remains merely OK, a mildly enjoyable trip down memory lane which opens with its best moment ("You just ain't whistling Dixie") and then fails to live up to it.


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