The Sylvester And Tweety Mysteries (1995-2002)
There were a lot of great cartoons made by Warner Brothers in the 90s, including Animaniacs, Freakazoid!, Tiny Toon Adventures, and many more. This is another one of them that I remember watching on CITV. Among the many memorable characters that Warner Brothers have brought us over the years include the cat and bird duo of Sylvester and Tweety-Pie the yellow canary, who have been around since the 40s.
So the decision was taken to bring them back for a new series. But we can’t have Sylvester trying to eat Tweety all the time nowadays, that’s not very nice is it, so maybe it would be a good idea to put them into a different format. So of course, why not have them attempt to try and put their feud to one side while they travel the world and solve mysteries together! Every episode would be introduced by some narration from Sylvester explaining where they were in the world and what the mystery was.
They travelled to various countries including Denmark, Ireland, Spain, and many more. They would be accompanied by their owner Granny who turned out to be something of a rather skilled sleuth, along with Hector the Dog. They would apply various techniques and by accident or design they would always track down the guilty person and solve the mystery, just in time for the end of the episode. They could’ve taught Scooby-Doo and his team a thing or two.
Sylvester would also often get caught in various mishaps which resulted in a lot of misfortune. And if we were lucky, he would say his catchphrase “sufferin’ succotash!”. Another good thing about the show was that various Warner Brothers characters from the past would make guest appearances including Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd, and the closing theme was a version of the famous music used to introduce the Looney Tunes cartoons.
I also noticed that Sylvester and Tweety were voiced by the same person which could make things rather complicated. There were 52 episodes of The Sylvester And Tweety Mysteries in five series. In the first series, the case took up the whole of the 22 minute episode, but from the second series onward, every episode featured two 11 minute-long cases.
Along with being shown on CITV in the mid-90s, I think some episodes might have also turned up on Cartoon Network. Only the first series has been released on DVD, but not in this country. I don’t think that there has been any more merchandise released beyond that, but it was good seeing these characters again in a show that was as quirky and fun as any other Warner Brothers cartoon from around this time.