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A lazy and fat cat, named Dodsworth is ordered by his mistress to catch mice that have invaded her home and terrorizing her. Dodsworth doesn't want to condescend to personal physical effort to catch the mice; so, he dons a professor's hat and dupes a kitten into doing the job for him, on the pretext that he's a teacher who is giving the kitten a valuable learning experience. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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In the opening credits' pages of Kiddin' the Kitten (1952) & its sequel, A Peck o' Trouble (1953) with same two feline characters, neither DVD cartoon shows the names of the off-screen voices, especially Dodsworth's voice Sheldon Leonard's. Bea Benaderet was the actress in Kiddin' the Kitten (1952), as Dodsworth's owner and Mel Blanc was the Kitten. See more »

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Dodsworth: [a mouse just wakled by Dodsworth's bed and took a minnow, snapping its fingers at Dodsworth, ignoring him and walks away with the minnow it stole] You know, one of these days I'm gonna have to buy me a mouse trap.
[Dodsworth swallowed and ate a minnow then lightly burped, after speaking]
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Followed by A Peck o' Trouble (1953) See more »

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Freddy the Freshman
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Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
[Plays when Dodsworth trains the kitten in mouse catching.]
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Outstanding Twist On A Familiar Theme
10 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even if the the story is a familiar one - a cat told to get rid of the mice in the home or he's history - this was an outstanding Looney Tunes cartoon with a different main character.

Here, we have "Dodsworth," a fat and very lazy cartoon, whose philosophy on life is summed up near the beginning. After being lectured, he says to himself, "What a revoltin' development. I don't mind an honest day's work as long.....as somebody else does it."

He comes up with the idea of tutoring someone else to catch the mice for him since, as he says, nobody in the Dodsworth cat family has ever had to stoop to catching mice for a living. His first pupil is this cute little kitten.

How Dodsworth uses the kitten and what kind of kitten it turns out to be is hilarious. There is some very inventive material here. Both the kitten and all the mice were very entertaining.

A familiar actor from the '50s and '60s did the voice of Dodsworth: Sheldon Leonard and Bea Bernaderet, also a familiar name, voiced Dodsworth's lady boss of the house.

Many times the endings to these type of stories are abrupt or a little bit lame....but not here. The ending is terrific, making this one of the better cartoons I have seen on this Spotlight Volume 4 two-disc DVD.


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