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"Santa Lucia" in Italian.
Venice, anyone?
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A Pizza Tweety Pie is a 1958 Looney Tunes cartoon with Tweety And Sylvester. It was directed by Friz Freleng.

Granny and Tweety have just set up at their hotel Venice, Italy — where the canary is spooked at the sight of all the poles around the canal, thinking that there's so many barber shops in the area undone by a broken dam.

Settling in quickly, Tweety is just blissfully singing away when Sylvester, from a balcony in an opposite building, notices him and decides that Tweety would be a perfect sand-a-wich-a.

So, clearly without watching where he’s going, Sylvester takes both halves of a submarine roll and goes dashing toward his prey. Thereafter, things go as well as they usually do for the puddy tat. Among a canoe that needed to be unanchored, an elevator ride, an inflatable raft, a balloon powered by a table fan, and a fishing rod which ends up snaring a speedboat instead, the ending is usually (but not always) a wet one.

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  • Brick Joke: Before Sylvester appears in this short, Tweety sings "Santa Lucia". He sings it again near the end while the cat is eating spaghetti.
  • Circling Birdies: In the absolute last scene of the cartoon, Sylvester sees white outlines of them. Interestingly, they are the ones who deliver the only instance of Tweety’s catch phrase, “I tawt I taw a puddy tat!”
  • Drop the Hammer: Granny ties a mallet to the strand of spaghetti that manages to catch Tweety’s neck.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The sign that hangs over the tunnel under which the speedboat passes and Sylvester fails to notice (because he was distracted by how he overcame a gondola pole in his path).
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  • Global Ignorance: Tweety looks out the window at the Venetian canals and thinks the entire city is flooded. He also feels sorry for all those barbershops underwater, mistaking the gondola poles for barber poles.
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  • Gratuitous Italian: While in a gondola, Granny says, "This is so cacciatore." Which is utter nonsense, as cacciatore is Italian for hunter, and refers to the dish chicken cacciatore (in other words, prepared hunter style).
  • Improvised Weapon: When he hears Tweety singing again, Sylvester uses a long strand of spaghetti as a lasso. It reaches its target. (So does the mallet that gets tied to it.)
  • Shout-Out: The "Lowla Bridgeada" sign is a pun on famous Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida.
  • Threatening Shark: Very much downplayed. As he tries swinging over to the opposite balcony to catch Tweety, Sylvester winds up going straight into the drink — and into the awaiting jaws of a shark. He’s out of there in less than three seconds!
  • What a Drag: While Granny takes Tweety on a gondola ride, Sylvester tries to catch the cage with a fishing rod. The hook gets caught on the speedboat instead, dragging the poor cat across the canal, in the path of a striped pole (which he lifts his tail up to allow to go between his legs), and into a bridge.
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