Thursday, November 4, 2010

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries (1995)

While their classic shorts appeared on ABC, Sylvester & Tweety, who last headlined a series in 1976 on CBS, starred in a first-run series on the WB, The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries. On the surface, it was a cross-satire of Scooby-Doo (now a Warner Brothers stablemate) and Murder, She Wrote, since Granny (June Foray) did most of the detective work. Here's the open:

The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries has a sort-of hometown connection in that voice actor Joe Alaskey, a native of Watervliet, NY, voiced the title characters and several of the "Looney Tunes" crew when they made guest appearances. Reference guides claim the series lasted until 2001, but I'm having trouble recalling if this is true or not, especially considering how frequently the Kids' WB! lineup would change during the season. It would not be the last time WB would experiment with taking their Looney Tunes characters out of their familiar environs and into something different. Unfortunately, these days, it languishes in the Cartoon Network vaults when it should get some consideration for airtime on either CN or Boomerang.

Rating: B+.

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