A cartoonist falls victim to the very villains he has drawn. It's up to Beans the Cat to save the day.

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At a ramshackle cartoon studio, everyone goes home except one dedicated cartoonist drawing Beans's latest adventure. After dozing off, the gorilla-like, demon-faced beast he has drawn laughs evilly and pulls the cartoonist into the drawing. It's time for revenge. He and his ilk have made cartoon villains the chumps for years; but now, thrown into a cell filled with his own villains, he'll be the chump. The cartoonist is knocked about by Battling Barney the Kangaroo, a cruel octopus, Spike the Spider, the Mad Doctor, Villain No. 999 and others. They force the poor cartoonist to draw the pit into which he'll be thrown. But Beans, trapped behind prison bars that were meant to protect him, will save the day. Written by J. Spurlin

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The calendar that hangs on the wall of the cartoonist's office shows the present month as "Octember." See more »

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[first lines]
Night Watchman: You gonna work all night, son?
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The Teddy Bears' Picnic
Music by John W. Bratton
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Sung with substitute lyrics by the cartoon villains
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A Cartoonist's Nightmare was an amusing early Warner Bros. cartoon
27 September 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just found this rare Warner Bros.-Looney Tunes cartoon on YouTube. "Supervised" by ex-Disney animator Jack King (though he'd later return there as the new resident Donald Duck helmer), A Cartoonist's Nightmare is one of the few that starred a now-forgotten character named Beans the Cat who was first seen in Friz Freling's color Merrie Melodies short, I Haven't Got a Hat, which also introduced Porky Pig. In this one, with all the other animators having gone home, one particular cartoonist stays on trying to finish his drawings on time. As he draws bars on Beans to protect him from a monster, the animator goes to sleep and dreams of getting attacked by other villains he created. It's up to Beans to rescue him...Lots of clever creative ways of drawing and erasing escapes abound here and while nothing hilarious happens, I was constantly amused at this early version of Duck Amuck that Chuck Jones made with Daffy Duck 18 years later! On that note, I recommend this for any Warner cartoon completists out there.


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