Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sweetie Pie and Furball

Sweetie Pie (voiced by Candi Milo) is a young, pink female canary with a light blue bowed ribbon in her hair. She is based on Tweety Bird, and is regularly pursued by Furrball as Tweety is pursued by Sylvester. Sweetie's pink coloring, devious grin, and mean-spirited personality seem to be a throwback to Tweety's early appearances. In one of her appearances, she is shown to be cared for by an eagle, that at the beginning thought that she was also an eagle, only to find out that she was indeed too maniac and dangerous to care of. In some instances, she switches from her baby-ish voice to a louder, more obnoxious voice.

Furrball (voiced by Frank Welker) is a young, blue male cat with a hole on his right ear and a bandage on his tail. Furrball is usually depicted as living in a cardboard box in an alleyway, although other times he is shown as one of Elmyra's pets and briefly had a home with Mary Melody. He is often a quite peaceful and innocent character, but he is also one of the most unfortunate characters in the show, since he is almost always chased, abused or bullied, often by being squashed. For example, during the intro credits, he gets squashed flat by a falling piano. He is less anthropomorphic in nature than the other animal characters, generally walking on all fours and almost always a mute, except for typical cat sounds. He is based on Sylvester[3] as well as Penelope Pussycat.
He is based on Sylvester by chasing Sweetie Pie who is based on Tweety. Unlike Sylvester, he rarely speaks. Therefore he mostly resembles the Sylvester in the Chuck Jones cartoons, who is silent. He is also based on Penelope Pussycat as he is chased by a romantic skunk, Fifi La Fume (who is based on Pepé Le Pew). In one of these speaking roles (Cinemaniacs), he was voiced by Rob Paulsen in a mockup of Leonard McCoy from Star Trek.

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