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Scaredy Cat (1948)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Family, Short  |  18 December 1948 (USA)
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Porky and Sylvester spend the night in an old dark house, whose horrors only Sylvester sees. His repeated attempts to save Porky from the ghoulish doings of the killer mice infesting the ... See full summary »

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Porky Pig / Mouse in Cuckoo Clock / Sylvester (voice)
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Porky and Sylvester spend the night in an old dark house, whose horrors only Sylvester sees. His repeated attempts to save Porky from the ghoulish doings of the killer mice infesting the place only make the skeptical Porky all the more convinced of Sylvester's cowardice. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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When Porky climbs up the stairs to bed, Sylvester is clinging to Porky's back in fright. In the bedroom Porky has removed his clothes but with Sylvester still clinging to his back. How did Porky remove his clothes with Sylvester clinging to him? See more »

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[sign held by the bound and gagged Porky Pig as the mice wheel him off to the guillotine]
Porky Pig: You were right, Sylvester!
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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A classic cartoon in which the horrific is just as important as the hilarious
18 August 2008 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Chuck Jones's 'Scaredy Cat' is the best of the few pairings of Porky Pig and Sylvester. Casting Porky as Sylvester's owner (Sylvester is more cat-like than usual, remaining silent for the whole cartoon), 'Scaredy Cat' finds the pair moving into a spooky mansion which terrifies Sylvester from the outset. Rather than ghosts, however, the mansion is populated by murderous mice who ritually execute their victims. Somehow this makes 'Scaredy Cat' all the more frightening. And it is frightening! There are several morbid sequences including a scene of a cat being carted off to his death by a mousey executioner and a moment in which Sylvester attempts suicide rather than being sent out to face the vicious vermin alone. Most terrifying of all though, is an infamous sequence in which the mice take Sylvester to the basement. We never see what they do to him but he emerges nearly three hours later, a pale white zombie scared rigid by what he has experienced. It's a classic example of the human mind conjuring up far worse scenarios when the details are left to the imagination. All in all, 'Scaredy Cat' is an indelibly creepy and extremely well staged cartoon which relies on horror as much as laughs to achieve its impact.


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