Tweety (or Tweety Bird or Tweety Pie) featured in 47 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons (by Warner Bros.) and is a young yellow “tweety-bird” or canary, voiced mainly by Mel Blanc (1942-1988). Based on Red Skelton's "Mean Widdle Kid", the name is a play on the word "sweetie" and "tweet". He is instantly recognisable by his catch phrases: "I tawt I taw a puddy tat!" and "I did! I did taw a puddy tat!". Originally a rather aggressive character, this was tempered when Friz Freleng was director, becoming a cuter bird who nonchalantly allowed the plans of his foe, Sylvester, to fail on their own. They were a popular double-act, with Sylvester the cat mostly seeking to eat Tweety, but being foiled by Granny, the bulldog Hector or other obstacles.