A cat learns the art of ventriloquism in order to play a series of practical jokes on a slow-witted bulldog...

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A cat, being chased by Spike, finds a gadget that lets him throw his voice and has great fun tricking the overly gullible dog into looking for him in a variety of dangerous spots, many of which seem to include dynamite. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Included in Warner Home Video's 2006 DVD release of Three Little Words (1950). See more »

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When the cat opens up the "Be a Ventriloquist" box, the device inside is of an oval shape. In the next shot, when he takes the device out and puts it into his mouth, its shape has changed to rectangular. See more »

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Remade as Cat's Meow (1957) See more »

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Classic Avery Short
23 July 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Ventriloquist Cat (1950)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Classic Avery cartoon about a cat who becomes a ventriloquist so that he can play a bunch of tricks on a rather dumb bulldog. The premise to this short is a very, very simple one but it works perfectly as it gets one incredibly big laugh after another. One could argue that the same thing keeps happening over and over but that doesn't really matter when you're getting a laugh with the joke. There are countless highlights here including a terrific sequence where the cat makes the bulldog think he's hiding in some clothes, which the dog starts to rip up and he finally makes it to a real police officer and rips his clothes off. Another great scene is the end when the cat thinks it's safe to take the special piece he's been using out of his mouth but the final shot is pure classic. The majority of the jokes come from various explosions where the bulldog is the victim but they're all funny.


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