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A Gruesome Twosome is a 1945 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Bob Clampett and starring Tweety.

Two alley cats vie for the affection of a female cat, who tells them she'll date the one who brings her back a bird. Unfortunately, the bird they end up going after is Tweety.

The cartoon is notably one of The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes.


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  • Bee Afraid: Tweety picks up a bumblebee, slaps it around to make it good and mad, and puts it inside the horse costume to sting the cats.
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The brief scene where a dog randomly pops up to address the audience that he doesn't belong in the cartoon.
  • Deranged Animation: The whole cartoon has wild animation, but one standout is the scene where a dog randomly pops up to tell the audience he isn't part of the cartoon—the previous part of the scene was done by Robert McKimson, but when the dog shows up, it instantly switches to animator Rod Scribner, who starts by having the dog animated in an imitation of Robert's less wild style—until he breaks out into joy at the chance of kissing a cat, where Scribner suddenly goes wild with his animation.
  • Fur Is Clothing: When the red cat blasts his rival with a gun, his fur briefly flies off to reveal he's wearing long underwear.
  • Gag Nose: The red cat has a ridiculously large nose.
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  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The bit where, while disguised as a horse, the red cat pops up to reveal that he's the head. No guesses that he's alluding to the yellow cat literally being the "horse's ass".
  • Larynx Dissonance: Tweety voice suddenly becomes very loud at the end of his "They fall down and go BOOM!" line.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The red cat is a caricature of Jimmy Durante.
  • No Name Given: None of the cats are given names.
  • Pantomime Animal / Paper-Thin Disguise: Later in the cartoon, the cats disguise themselves in a cheap horse costume to try and catch Tweety.
  • Simpleton Voice: The yellow cat speaks like this.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When the female cat accuses her two beaus of fighting, the red cat says "Well, now, I wouldn't say that," which was the catchphrase of Mr. Peavey from The Great Gildersleeve.
    • While riding the "horse", Tweety is dressed like The Lone Ranger and shouts "Hi-ho, Silver, away!"
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!:
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    • The scene where a dog randomly pops up, calmly explaining to the audience that he isn't supposed to be in the picture, but suddenly breaks out into maniacal joy at the chance of getting to make out with an unsuspecting cat.
    • "Aw, da poor puddytats. They faw down an' go... BOOM!"
    • Inverted when the cats in the horse costume are about to crash into a tree. Tweety motions to shout "Timber!" as loud as he can, but then says it in a calm, disinterested tone.
  • Standard Snippet: The opening music is set to a 1909 pop tune, Me-Ow.
  • Waxing Lyrical: While wooing the female cat, the red cat quotes the lyrics of "You Ought to Be in Pictures".
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