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The Cat Concerto (1947)

Passed  -  Animation | Short | Comedy  -  26 April 1947 (USA)
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Jerry is determined to disrupt Tom's concert while Tom fights him with the piano without missing a single note.

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Tom enters from stage left in white tie and tails, sits at the piano, gets his focus as the orchestra in the pit beneath him warms up, and begins to play Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody." Unbeknownst to Tom and the audience, Jerry is asleep across several of the low-note keys inside the instrument, so Tom's playing eventually wakes him. Jerry is pummeled by hammers, bounced by wires, and squeezed by Tom as the cat tries to play the concerto while dispensing with Jerry. Jerry's defensive antics add to the brio of the program and answer Tom with Jerry's own skillful musical attack. By the concerto's end, the duet leaves only one animal standing for the audience's applause. Written by <>

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26 April 1947 (USA)  »

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The Cat's Concerto  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Was the focus of a short and bitter flurry of allegations between Warner Brothers and MGM of plagiarism over similarities between this film and WB's Rhapsody Rabbit (1946). The controversy began when raw film from "Rhapsody Rabbit" was sent to be processed at a central film lab which serviced both Warners and MGM. By accident, the finished negatives were sent to MGM, who eventually returned them, but Friz Freleng (the director on "Rhapsody Rabbit") suspected that Hanna and Barbera or others at MGM may have viewed the film before sending it on to Warner Bros. Hanna and Barbera counter-charged that Freleng had somehow overheard their ideas for "The Cat Concerto" and acted on it. See more »


Follows Cat Fishin' (1947) See more »


24 Preludes, Op. 28//xxiv D min
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played during the opening credits
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Simply one of the best cartoons ever
15 March 2000 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful wedding of music and cartoon action, brought off flawlessly with panache and great slapstick humor. The scissors gag alone is enough to put this one in the hall of fame. This short very much deserved the Oscar it won; it ranks among the best cartoons ever made, bar none.

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