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When the Cat's Away (1929)

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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)  »

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Edited into The Mickey Mouse Anniversary Show (1968) See more »


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I wish the cat would come back
12 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While the very sound alone would have entertained an audience back in 1929, "When the Cat's Away" proves to be a rather dull affair in this day and age. Not that it isn't cute or doesn't have good gags, but this is one of those cartoons without any story or real character to it, and the gags alone are not so hilarious as to keep it entirely afloat. It's a mild diversion while it lasts, but it certainly does not merit a repeat viewing.

(PS Am I the only one who finds it weird that only Mickey and Minnie wear clothes and not the other mice? I know it's a cartoon, but I just find that so odd!)

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