Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
Perennial protector of Tweety and foil of Sylvester, seen almost exclusively Freleng’s Tweety versus Sylvester cartoons. Hare Trimmed (Freleng, 1953), a Bugs-Yosemite Sam-Granny flick, is a noteworthy and funny exception.
A prototypical Granny can be seen in Hare Force (Freleng, 1944) and earlier, in Hiss and Make Up (Freleng, 1943) alongside Tweety. An even earlier version -- with a thirst for gin, no less -- appears in Little Red Walking Hood (Avery, 1937).
During the Sylvester/Tweety period, Granny went through two basic forms. In the late forties and early fifties, she usually appeared in a blue dress, her hair done up in a bun. A typical example would be Canary Row (Freleng, 1950). Granny was gradually redesigned through the mid-to-late 1950s, with a larger face and glasses. It is in this form that she appears through the closure of the studio, in films such as like A Pizza Tweety Pie (Freleng, 1958).
Her voice was provided by a variety of actresses, including June Foray and Bea Bernaderet. Also providing the voice on occasion were Gege Pearson and Joan Gerber.
Filmography, all opposite Sylvester:
- Cannery Row (Freleng, 1950)
- Room and Bird (Freleng, 1951)
- Tweety’s S.O.S. (Freleng, 1951)
- Ain’t She Tweet (Freleng, 1952)
- Gift Wrapped (Freleng, 1952)
- Little Red Rodent Hood (Freleng, 1952)
- Snow Business (Freleng, 1953)
- Fowl Weather (Freleng, 1953)
- Tom Tom Tomcat (Freleng, 1953)
- A Streetcat Named Sylvester (Freleng, 1953)
- Muzzle Tough (Freleng, 1954)
- Sandy Claws (Freleng, 1955)
- Red Riding Hoodwinked (Freleng, 1955)
- Tweet and Sour (Freleng, 1956)
- Tugboat Granny (Freleng, 1956)
- Greedy for Tweety (Freleng, 1957)
- A Pizza Tweety Pie (Freleng, 1958)
- A Bird in a Bonnet (Freleng, 1958)
- Trip for Tat (Freleng, 1960)
- The Last Hungry Cat (Freleng, 1961)
- The Jet Cage (Freleng, 1962)
- Hawaiian Aye Aye (Chiniquy, 1964)