A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This silly cartoon caper isn't about messages, but there is a storyline about trying to help someone escape becoming the victim of others' nefarious schemes.
Positive Role Models
The usual rivalry between Tweety and Sylvester changes to friendship and teamwork when they learn that they have a common enemy.
Gender and racial/ethnic diversity in the voice cast.
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Violence & Scariness
Frequent slapstick cartoon violence and exaggerated pratfalls. Early in the movie, Sylvester chases Tweety and ends up getting chopped up in the ceiling fan. Lava burns off the skin on his rear end, he hangs off a plane by his claws while in midair, and he's chased by sharks, beaten with dog bones, and hit with batons by dog police officers (resulting in exaggerated lumps on his head). Cannonballs, explosions, large knife in bird seed, taser gun used.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some humor likely to go over kids' heads about how the singer in the Rick Springfield song "Jessie's Girl" is actually smitten with Jessie instead of the girl, as he never once even mentions the girl's name. One of the dog leaders falls in love at first sight with Granny; some over-the-top romantic overtures and flowery speech ensue.
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Language includes "butt," "dingus."
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Products & Purchases
Iconic characters used in a vast array of off-screen merchandise: clothing, dolls, posters, etc.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that King Tweety is a cartoon movie in which Tweety Bird (voiced by Eric Bauza) discovers that he's the king of an island and must fend off wicked dogs who want to steal his crown. In the tradition of classic Warner Bros. cartoons, you can expect frequent exaggerated cartoon violence and pratfalls (though they're not as extreme as the cartoons of the past). The violence typically involves Sylvester the Cat (also Bauza), who's chopped up by a ceiling fan, hangs off a plane by his claws while in midair, gets his rear-end fur burned off by lava, is chased by sharks, and sustains exaggerated lumps to the head after being beaten with dog bones and batons. There's fighting with cannonballs, a taser gun, and explosions. Like the classic cartoons, there's also some wink-wink humor intended more for adults than kids, like observations on life in New York City and an aside about the Rick Springfield song "Jessie's Girl." Rude language includes "butt" and "dingus." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a silly caper in the tradition of classic Warner Bros. cartoons. While there's not as much over-the-top slapstick violence and pratfalls as in the 'toons of yesteryear, King Tweety still has its fair share of scenes in which Sylvester is, among other things, chopped up by a ceiling fan, burned by lava, and beaten by dog bones until an exaggerated lump forms on the crown of his feline head. While the story is very much for kids, there are also moments of relatively sophisticated humor intended for older audiences, including an absurdly funny aside concerning the hit 1980s song "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield.
While the meta humor is refreshing compared to kids' entertainment that doesn't even bother trying to provide something for the adults watching, overall King Tweety is still a pretty standard story. On the plus side, with no disrespect intended toward the great Mel Blanc, it's worth noting that there is refreshing diversity in the voice cast. All in all, this is an enjoyable, if not unforgettable, update on classic cartoon characters.
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