The Daffy Duck Show (1978)

Season 1 Episode 37

Show #37

Aired Saturday 12:30 PM Jul 26, 1979 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • A Gruesome Twosome was the last Tweety film directed by Clampett, and the last one before he is permanently paired with Sylvester the Cat.

    • John Kricfalusi, the creator of the show Ren and Stimpy mentioned that he combined the two cats seen in A Gruesome Twosome to create the character of Stimpy (he took the Jimmy Durante cat's coloring and nose and the stupid one's girth and personality.

    • A Gruesome Twosome was the last cartoon in which Tweety was drawn without feathers on his body.

    • A Tale Of Two Kitties marks the first appearance of the characters of Babbit and Catstello. They would later be seen in A Tale of Two Mice (1945), The Mouse-Merized Cat (1946), and in several cameo appearances on the Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries TV series (1996).

    • In the film Bugs Bunny: Superstar, director Bob Clampett talked about the baby bird from A Tale Of Two Kitties. He said that the bird's look was based to some extent on his own naked baby picture. He said the censors objected to the bird looking naked, so they painted yellow feathers on him in later cartoons, and he became the familiar canary known as Tweety.

    • The bird seen during A Tale Of Two Kitties is small and pink (like a baby bird), but its voice and behavior are already fully developed as the familiar "Tweety" character.

    • The bird seen in A Tale Of Two Kitties has no name in the cartoon, but was referred to by its developers as "Orson", possibly because its jowly appearance reminded them of Orson Welles.

  • Quotes

    • Babbit: Give me the bird! Give me the bird!
      Catstello (to the audience): If da Hays Office would only let me... I'd give him da boid all right!

    • Tweety: Aw, da poor putty tat - he cwushed his widdow head!

  • Notes

    • Most TV prints of A Gruesome Twosome including the ones ABC, CBS, and the WB have, cut the scene where the Durante cat shoots the stupid cat at point blank range in the head causing his fur to fly off and falling off the fence with two X in his eyes.

    • A Gruesome Twosome is 7 minutes long.

    • A Gruesome Twosome was released on June 9, 1945.

    • Putty Tat Trouble was released in 1951.

    • A Tale Of Two Kitties takes a direct shot at the censorship bureau known as the Hays Office. Catstello is atop a ladder trying to reach Tweety. Babbit is at the bottom of the ladder, yelling to his corpulent pal, "Give me the bird! Give me the bird!" Catstello turns to the audience and says in his Brooklynese way, "If da Hays Office would only let me... I'd give him 'da boid' all right!" It should be noted that the word "Boid" in this context is a Brooklynese corruption of the phrase "the bird", which is a euphemism for "the finger". The former WB! channel edited this scene when it aired on "The Bugs N' Daffy Show".

    • A Tale Of Two Kitties is 7 minutes long.

    • A Tale Of Two Kitties was released on 21 November 1942.

  • Allusions

    • A Tale Of Two Kitties:

      The title of this cartoon is an obvious pun on the Charles Dickens classic, A Tale of Two Cities (1859).

    • Babbit and Catstello:

      The cat duo of Babbit and Catstello are parodies of the real-life comedic duo Abbott and Costello.