Adam B. Vary
November 18, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EST

For the first time since 1988, movie audiences — specifically, those for Happy Feet Two — can experience a new Looney Tunes animated short starring the late, great voice artist Mel Blanc. I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat features Blanc singing as Tweety Bird and his literal bête noire, Sylvester the Cat. (His voice, taken from a late-1940s children’s record of the same name, was given a digital spit and polish for the cartoon.) Other than creating a 3-D, CG-animated Tweety and Sylvester, the biggest challenge, says director Matthew O’Callaghan, was giving the ”sweet little duet…that Warner Bros. sensibility.” Adds exec producer Sam Register, ”That sensibility being characters beating up each other.”

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