The cat's asleep, so the mice are on the loose, for a while at least, in the pantry. When he wakes up, they pile the food on him and get him thrown out, and then they *really* have the run of the house.


(as Fred Avery)


Uncredited cast:
Cat / Old Man / Elevator Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ...
Mouse in Checkered Cap (voice) (uncredited)


"When the cat's away, the mice will play." The cat is taking a nap, so the mice invade the pantry and start having the time of their lives. The cat soon wakes up, however, and the mice must act quickly to keep from being eaten. Will they just run and hide, or will they stand up for themselves? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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2 August 1937 (USA)  »

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Une soirée agitée  »

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1.37 : 1
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Enjoyable if formulaic cartoon
6 December 2014 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a 1930s Warner Brothers short. There will be spoilers ahead:

This is a fairly standard entry in the "cartoons with cute mice" sub-genre developed in the 1930s. It's a fun cartoon, but there isn't a whole lot of substance here. It's a cute and enjoyable schedule filler.

Basic plot-an old, rather cantankerous old man ill-treats his cat, mice find that the cat's asleep, mice run amok in the kitchen, make a mess, old man wakes up, sees the disaster, blames the cat, tosses cat out, mice run amok redux, old man discovers who truly is to blame, cat saves the day and there's a funny and appropriate ending. That's all there is (except, of course, the obligatory song plug for "Ain't We Got Fun").

There are some nice gags of mice eating the old man out of house and home. The sole standard device missing is the romantic subplot. Everything else is here. The best gag may well be a mouse uncorking a bottle.

This short is available on The Life of Emil Zola DVD release and is worth watching at least once.

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