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The Cat Came Back (1936)

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Momma cat is teaching her kittens to catch mice. Meanwhile, across the basement, Momma mouse is teaching her little ones how to avoid cats. One of each of the kids sneaks out; they meet in ... See full summary »

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Momma cat is teaching her kittens to catch mice. Meanwhile, across the basement, Momma mouse is teaching her little ones how to avoid cats. One of each of the kids sneaks out; they meet in the middle. After a brief staring match, the mouse kicks the kitten's fanny (literally); the kitten runs to momma, who complains to Mrs. Mouse to no real avail. The mouse invites the kitten back to dance to the wind-up record player. The kitten falls into a drain, and the mouse dives after it, while both mothers fret. The rescue involves the mouse using a guitar as a boat, then grabbing a board stretched across a hole; the kitten grabs on, a whirlpool twists both of them, and as they untwist, the board helicopters them out of the hole. The mothers are happy, and all the kids play together, until Mrs. Cat remembers that Mrs. Mouse poked her in the eyes on their first meeting; everyone starts fighting. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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References Flowers for Madame (1935) See more »

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Oh! You Beautiful Doll
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the 1914 Christmas Truce as a cartoon
29 July 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

While "The Cat Came Back" may just look like a cartoon at face value, I see a connection to a historical event: the 1914 Christmas Truce. Several soldiers fighting in WWI were charging at each other, when they suddenly stopped; they began to see each other not as enemies, but as fellow human beings.

Of course, I'm probably reading way too far into the cartoon. I'm sure that it was intended as silly entertainment to precede a feature film. As this was during the early days of Warner Bros. animation, we shouldn't expect any of the totally wacky things that would characterize their work within the next few years. Worth seeing, if only once.


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