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This is one of the special features on the DVD for Warner Brothers'
"Old Acquaintance". I love how the classic Warner films on DVD always
seem to come with various extras--including a short and a cartoon from
the same year as the feature film.
This Loony Toons cartoon is a lot like the later Sylvester and Tweety cartoons, but as these two characters were not created until later, this film stars a cute cat and an equally cute goldfish. And, like the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons, the cat spends the film trying to eat the fish and the fish outwits him again and again---but not nearly as easily as Tweety did, but in ways that still were quite funny. I loved the scene with the shower...but I won't say more as I don't want to spoil it. Plus, it turns out to have a very cute ending...one I certainly didn't expect!! Well made and funny--this is a marvelous little cartoon.
One of Chuck Jones' smaller efforts pits a hungry cat against a hat-wearing
goldfish. The only deterrent is that the fish is in water, and according to
the disembodied voice, "cats hate water". While that isn't necessarily
true, the concept worked for this cat. Even if his claw gets wet, the cat
rushes to the paper towels. You wonder why the fish taunts him, even
stepping out of his safety zone, but without that there wouldn't be much of
a story. Nevertheless, this happens to be an extremely funny sight gag
show, especially when Jones used his trademark facial expressions, and
spelling with underwater bubbles, in the scene when the cat discovers he is
immersed completely in water.
A minor flaw is where the cat plugs up the dripping faucet with his paw. He still would have gotten wet from that I think.
As we all know - cats hate water and goldfish hate cats. So when a cat
wants to try and catch a goldfish in his bowl, how does he go about it?
Well, here we see a cat trying to catch a fish without getting wet while
fish, realising this weakness, does all he can to get the cat
Despite a dodgey narration start this cartoon actually is pretty funny. The use of running gags which are funny the first and last time make the material a lot better. Some of it doesn't totally work and the end is weak but that isn't too much of a problem as the laughs were pretty consistent for me the whole way.
The cat character is good - witness his repeated panicked run to get paper towels for himself, but the fish character is not as good as he could have been. Given that the audience were meant to get behind him, he is drawn (in both sense) a little bland and I enjoyed the cat more.
Overall though this was an enjoyable cartoon which uses running (literally) gags pretty well to create a consistent vein of humour that works.
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