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Kiddin' the Kitten (1952)

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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... See full summary »

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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: [Looking at himself in the mirror wearing a mortar cap] Very becoming, Dodsworth. You'd have made a good college professor. Too bad you never got past third grade.
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So you think that YOU'VE got trouble?
12 February 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Robert McKimson's "Kiddin' the Kitten" is a delightfully crazy look at turning manipulation and exploitation on its head. When slothful cat Dodsworth is ordered to rid his house of mice, he doesn't quite know what to do (after all, for generations no Dodsworth has ever stooped to physical labor). So, he opens a bogus mouse-catching school and "trains" an anonymous kitten how to trap rodents, so that it looks as though he, Dodsworth, has been doing his job. But not only is this kitten cleverer than Dodsworth throughout the whole "lesson", once the little guy wises up to Dodsworth's shenanigans, things won't go so easily! All in all, I have to disagree with some people who in other reviews belittled McKimson's work. He really did have his own interesting style. For example, whereas Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng portrayed Bugs Bunny as a stay-at-home type whose life gets invaded, McKimson would often portray him as an adventurer. Honestly, if Warner Bros. had closed McKimson's animation unit instead of Arthur Davis's*, we wouldn't have Foghorn Leghorn, Hippety Hopper or the Tasmanian Devil.

Anyway, this is a good one. McKimson cast Dodsworth and the kitten the following year in "A Peck o' Trouble", only that time the kitten had yellow fur.

*In the late 1940s, due to a financial situation, Warner Bros. couldn't keep four animation units opened, and had to close one. Since Jones, Freleng and McKimson were all tenured, they discontinued Arthur Davis's unit (which had been Bob Clampett's unit until Clampett left). During his approximately two years as a director, Davis did turn out some interesting shorts, namely "Bowery Bugs".

PS: Sheldon Leonard, who provided Dodsworth's voice, produced "The Danny Thomas Show", "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show".


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