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Meadows the butler, fed up with the family cat's practical jokes, walks off the job, leaving the formerly-pampered feline alone and totally helpless, unaware even of what a mouse looks like... See full summary »

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Cat / Madam / Meadows (voice) (uncredited)
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Hubie (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce ...
Bertie (voice) (uncredited)
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Meadows the butler, fed up with the family cat's practical jokes, walks off the job, leaving the formerly-pampered feline alone and totally helpless, unaware even of what a mouse looks like. Thus, he's terrified when the cheese-hunting mice Hubie and Bertie show up, making their first appearance in a Warner Bros. cartoon. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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In an 18th-Century Drawing Room
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A landmark cartoon, marking the first appearance of Claude and the inseparable Hubie & Bertie.
13 July 2004 | by (Karachi, Pakistan) – See all my reviews

"The Aristo-Cat" is the first in an extensive, Oscar-nominated series by Chuck Jones. The series is one of my favorites, but this short is one of the lesser ones. The only reason I say it is a landmark is because it marks the debut of three great characters. The premise is good, but the following action is run-of-the-mill funny stuff.

A butler is left to look after a pampered cat (Claude) who continuously humiliates him. After having had enough of it, the butler quits. Claude is petrified, but finds a book that informs him that cats eat mice, the only problem being that he doesn't know what a mouse looks like; therefore, he is perfect prey for a couple of wise-ass mice (Hubie & Bertie), who deceive him into thinking the large bulldog outside (why is it always a bulldog?) is a source of food. You can guess what follows, and if you can't, I don't think you can read either.

It's also interesting to note that in post-1948 shorts, Hubie and Bertie swapped coat colors. Worth a watch any time, but the later cartoons were much improved.


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