Father of the Bird
Directed byStephen A. Fossati
Story byStephen A. Fossati
Produced byChuck Jones
Linda Jones Clough
StarringJoe Alaskey
June Foray
Music byGeorge Daugherty
Cameron Patrick
Animation byTom Decker
Patrick Gleeson
Roberto Casale
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • November 14, 1997 (1997-11-14)
Running time
8 minutes

Father of the Bird is a 1997 traditionally animated Looney Tunes short film directed and co-produced by Stephen A. Fossati and produced by Chuck Jones and Linda Jones Clough starring Sylvester. This short only had a limited theatrical release and was the only Sylvester short produced by Jones, and also the final Sylvester cartoon he was involved with. It was also the final Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies short to have Jones involved in and to use traditional cel animation.


Sylvester finds a sparrow egg in a nest. Before he can eat it for breakfast however, a little bird hatches out and calls him "Mama." He warms to the idea of being a father and instead of eating it, he protects the bird throughout a series of near-disasters.