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Sylvester & Tweety stamp pack

SKU #15141003

Sylvester & Tweety stamp pack

$18.00
The Sylvester & Tweety stamp pack comprises two sheetlets of 8 x $1 stamps with images from the cartoon show in the stamp-tabs, all presented in a high quality folder.
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The Sylvester & Tweety stamp pack comprises of two sheetlets of 8 x $1 stamps featuring the Balloons stamp from the 2016 Love to Celebrate stamp issue. There are 7 stamp-tabs in each sheetlet featuring cartoon images of Tweety on one sheet and Sylvester on the other.

Sylvester the Cat, and his feathered nemesis, Tweety Bird, are clocking up the years in the limelight. In 2016, it is the 75th birthday of Sylvester and the 74th anniversary of the pair’s animated antipathy. Despite being septuagenarians – born of the pen rather than the computer of today – these sparring partners are as energetic as ever in their antics and pranking

Sylvester and Tweety are stalwarts of the Looney Tunes stable. Renowned American cartoonist and director Isadore “Friz” Freleng (1906–2005) created Sylvester James Pussycat Sr, as the hapless cat is properly known, back in 1941. Something of a celebrity of animation art, Sylvester has attracted three Academy Awards. It is opportune, then, that he is always dressed for the occasion, outfitted in his finest furred tuxedo.

Besides his tuxedo, Sylvester’s signature trait is his lavish, saliva-spraying lisp. You’d need a raincoat if you were to converse with him! Over the years, seven artists have voiced Sylvester, but it is Mel Blanc who set the lisping style from the get-go, intoning his feline avatar from 1945 to 1989. Blanc was behind the tones of Tweety Bird during this period.

Friz Freleng was responsible not only for creating Sylvester but also for the final redesign of Tweety Bird. Animator Bob Clampett (1913–84) originally created Tweety in 1942, the bird first appearing in A Tale of Two Kitties. The famously ambiguous canary yellow character – is the eyelashed avian a she or a he? – had something of a personality change in its first years. Let’s just call it behaviour management, with Freleng toning down the bird’s initial malevolence for its feline foe: “Awww, the poor kitty cat. He faw down and go BOOM”!!”

Poor old Sylvester: a cat’s only got nine lives, but the show must go on!

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