A small cat annoys his elder by imitating everything he does. Eventually, the bigger cat catches a mouse, knowing the copy cat won't be able to perform the same feat.

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A small cat annoys his elder by imitating everything he does. Eventually, the bigger cat catches a mouse, knowing the copy cat won't be able to perform the same feat.

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18 July 1941 (USA)  »

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Cute but slight late short from Fleischer

This is a short in the Animated Antic series produced by Fleischer. There will be spoilers ahead:

For a time, the Fleischer studio was Disney's primary competition in terms of quality and innovation in the field of short animation. After 1939 or 1940, they started dropping off, Warner Brothers emerged from the pack and passed them, as did MGM. They produced a couple of feature-length films of varying quality, had one last hurrah with the Superman shorts and then Paramount essentially pulled the plug on them. After the first feature, needing ideas for shorts, they took some of the characters from Gulliver's Travels and used them in shorts. Those films, along with some one-shots, became part of a series called Animated Antic.

Copy Cat tells the story of a small cat who follows a larger cat around, trying to be like him. The larger cat is clearly annoyed by this and tries to get rid of his shadow. He tricks him at one point and then stalks and catches a mouse. He then goads his tag-along, challenging him to do the same.

The remainder of the short is spent with the smaller cat trying to catch a mouse and failing spectacularly, to the amusement of both the mouse and the larger cat. Most of the gags have rather painful outcomes for the smaller cat While the short is amusing to a degree, none of the gags are all that creative or memorable. It's a cute cartoon but nothing particularly special.

Worth watching at least once.


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