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Sylvester and Tweety go Down on the Farm
Fowl Weather is a 1953 Looney Tunes short starring Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird.

Granny owns a farm, and she tells Hector to keep an eye on Tweety while she's out, but of course Sylvester comes up with one scheme after the other to try and get the little bird.

Tropes appearing in this cartoon:

  • Ass in a Lion Skin: Sylvester disguises as a goat (by means of a Latex Perfection mask) and a chicken (in the cheapest manner possible), and at the end when Granny is arriving back on the farm, Hector paints Sylvester yellow and sticks him in Tweety's cage to fool Granny. Tweety reacts to this by joking, "If he's a birdie, den dat makes me a putty tat!" and starts acting like a cat, meowing and hissing.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Sylvester's only line of dialogue in the entire cartoon, saying it to Hector when hitting him with one of the stilts he's wearing as part of his scarecrow disguise. Throughout the rest of the short he has no spoken lines.
  • Bowdlerization:
    • On ABC, the scene where a tough rooster forces Sylvester poorly disguised as a chicken to "hatch" a grenade is cut. CBS took it even further by cutting the scene where Sylvester rushes to put out the fire on his tail that ensued from the explosion.
    • Cartoon Network and Boomerang would cut out Hector's Imagine Spot near the end of Granny shooting him to death, though beginning in 2013, the short would be shown uncut.
  • Costumes Change Your Size: Averted, as Sylvester stands on stilts when he disguises himself as a scarecrow, thus making his appearance more convincing.
  • Double Take: When Tweety passes by a "goat" chewing cud behind a fence and greets it with "Hello, puddy tat!" the goat eyes Tweety for bit and then does such a take, seeming surprised at being called such a term... until it's revealed he's actually Sylvester in a Latex Perfection mask.
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  • Down on the Farm: The cartoon takes place on Granny's farm.
  • Expressive Mask / Latex Perfection: Sylvester wears a realistic rubber goat mask at one point, hiding behind a fence to obscure the rest of his body. But Tweety is not fooled.
    (passing through various areas of the farm) Hewwo, moo-moo cow! Hi, there, dirty piggy! Hewwo, puddy tat!
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Hector's Imagine Spot of Granny shooting him to death, which is cut from certain TV airings. Granny even warns this to Hector before she leaves at the start of the cartoon...
    Granny: Hector, don't let anything happen to Tweety or (imitating machine gun) AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
  • Innocently Insensitive: As Tweety goes around once out of his cage and greets some of the farm animals, he passes by a pig playing in the mud and greets him, "Hi there, dirty piggy!" The pig then gives a rather offended look at the bird.
  • Mama Bear / Never Mess with Granny: Granny warns Hector to make sure nothing bad happens to Tweety, or he will be shot to death.
  • Oh, Crap!: Hector when he hears Granny coming home in her horse-drawn wagon.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: One of Sylvester's more pitiful examples is in this cartoon, with his attempt at disguising as a chicken by using a red rubber glove on top of his head and a plunger with feathers over his tail. A tough rooster in the coop wasn't fooled by it one bit, and he took advantage of it to torture Sylvester.


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Sylvester's expressive goat mask

Makes it hard to tell at first it's a rubber mask, doesn't it?

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