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While Tom Cat goes away hunting, Mickey, Minnie, and their mouse friends break into his house and perform music. They play various tunes on the piano while the other mice hit household objects in tune to the music.

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Tom Cat drinks his moonshine and then heads off with his rifle to go hunting. While the cat is away, Mickey, Minnie, and the other mice living underneath the porch, will play. Mickey forms another mouse into a key to open the padlock on the door, and then into the house everyone goes. Mickey and Minnie dance on the piano to play music, while the other mice use whatever they can get their hands on - a saxophone, a violin, even a spittoon - to accompany him. A parrot attempts to join in, but the effort of his bad singing causes him to lose his balance and fall into the spittoon. Later, Mickey uses a mousetrap as a catapult to toss himself up to a wheel of Swiss cheese on a high shelf. But these mice are more interested in music than in eating. Mickey slices the cheese in a circular fashion that allows it to act like a paper roll for the player piano. When the roll is finished, two mice form themselves into a makeshift phonograph, which means more fun and music for everyone. Written by J. Spurlin

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11 April 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

När katten är borta  »

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Remake of Alice Rattled by Rats (1925) See more »

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Home Sweet Home
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Music by H.R. Bishop and lyrics by John Howard Payne
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Not a whole lot to this one.
24 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Note: The title music to this short is missing and is so noted on the DVD from "Walt Disney Treasures - Mickey Mouse in Black and White, Volume Two".

There is very little in the way of plot to "When the Cat's Away" and the title pretty much is the film. The cat's gone and in his absence, the mice run amok in the home--dancing about and enjoying themselves. Unfortunately, there's nothing more to the plot and the wonderful, plucky Mickey Mouse you see in such wonderful shorts as "Steamboat Willie" is just another mouse running about and having fun. While this is not a terrible film, it's definitely among the worst of the early ones and is no better than films of the competition--and in some cases, a bit worse. Easy to skip unless you are a die-hard fan of Disney animation.


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