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A bit better than the average Merrie Melody short of the time but it could sure do without the singing.

6/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
21 February 2011

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The film begins with a nasty old guy mistreating his poor 'ol cat. When the cat falls asleep, the mice come out and play. When the cat tries to stop them, the owner mistakenly thinks the cat is at fault and tosses it into the snow! Soon, however, the mice REALLY run amok and start singing (NOOOO!!! Not the singing!) and the guy realizes his mistake and invites his expert mouser back--and the film ends on a cute note you'll just have to see for yourself.

In the 1930s, the Looney Tunes folks mostly made cutesy films with lots of singing. It wasn't until the 40s that the cartoons became edgier and funnier---and developed the great characters we know today, such as Bugs Bunny and the Road Runner. Now for a 1930s Merrie Melodies film (the name given to the singing shorts), "Ain't We Got Fun" is better than average. This is because it has a nice sense of humor that helps you forget about the singing portion! But, compared to later cartoons, it comes up a bit short--even if the animation is pretty good.

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Enjoyable if formulaic cartoon

8/10
Author: Robert Reynolds (minniemato@hotmail.com) from Tucson AZ
6 December 2014

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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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