A mouse sticks close to a bulldog in order to repel a cat, but the cat is determined and the bulldog is an unreliable ally.

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A mouse, being chased by a cat, enlists the help of a sleeping bulldog. When the dog awakes, the mouse hides in a hen's nest, and the cat disguises himself as a hen - and even does a hen imitation when the chicks hatch. The mouse then keeps pointing out the cat's hiding places, but when he points to a dump where the cat isn't hiding, the dog turns on him. The mouse paints an apple black and lights the fuse, but it explodes and sends him to mouse heaven. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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27 June 1942 (USA)  »

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Three Blind Mice
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variation played when the mouse hops off the dog for the cheese
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A wittier version of Tom & Jerry's regular adventures
26 October 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It's a classic combination - cat, mouse, dog. The cat is trying to catch the mouse but the mouse is smart enough to know that it should use the dog as cover. The cat has to get to the mouse without the dog getting to him.

It is very much a classic combination - as Roger Meyer says in The Simpsons `the animal food chain goes, mouse, cat, dog'. Warner Brothers basically gives us what many will recognise as a well used set up from the Tom & Jerry cartoon. What this means for the audience is that it is a better version of T&J if you happen to like the unique sense of humour that exists in most of these WB cartoons.

The plot is nothing unique but the delivery makes it better, with the jokes actually being quite inventive rather than just the usual chase stuff. The characters are mixed. The dog is a straight lift from every bulldog of every cartoon, however both the cat and the mouse are slimmer and a bit sharper in terms of wit - they may lack a little in the way of well known character, but I think they delivered well.

Overall this may not be new ground that WB was breaking but he showed that they could take any type of cartoon and, with a few personal touches from talented writers/directors, that they could refresh it with their unique brand of inventive humour.


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