Lazy Dodsworth the Cat wants to catch a woodpecker for his breakfast. The woodpecker has built its home inside the upper trunk of a very tall tree, and Dodsworth puts on a professor's cap, ... See full summary »

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Lazy Dodsworth the Cat wants to catch a woodpecker for his breakfast. The woodpecker has built its home inside the upper trunk of a very tall tree, and Dodsworth puts on a professor's cap, pretending to be a passive teacher of bird-catching and thereby deceive an eager-to-learn kitten into doing the perilous ascending of the tree to try to catch the woodpecker. The true fact, is Dodsworth's schemes were deceptive and deceiving the kitten, throughout. 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). No name shows at all of the off screen speakers of actors, Sheldon Leonard (as Dodsworth) Mel Blanc as the un-named kitten and actress, Bea Benaderet as Dodsworth's owner in Kiddin' the Kitten (1952). See more »

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Dodsworth: [after the woodpecker pecks him] Serves me right. Should have known better. Why, for generations none of us Dodsworths have ever stooped to physical effort to obtain his breakfast.
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Follows Kiddin' the Kitten (1952) See more »

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That Was a Big Fat Lie
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Quite good but McKimson has done better
9 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A Peck o' Trouble is not a personal favourite and Robert McKimson has done better, it's still a good cartoon but not great. The ending is the least funny scene of the cartoon and feels abrupt, the kitten is not an appealing character who's more annoying and underwritten than he is funny and the pace can be a little on the slow side at times. A Peck o' Trouble is still a beautifully drawn and brightly coloured cartoon though, and the music is full of character and energy with lovely orchestration and seamless action synchronisation. The writing has been sharper before with McKimson but it is funny and has evidence of freshness and wit, while the gags and slapstick while routine still raises laughs. The story lacks the vibrant pace of most Looney Tunes cartoons but is nonetheless fun and charming. Dodsworth is not a bad leading character at all, in fact he is very charismatic and much wittier than he looks, and didn't get enough of a chance, Sheldon Leonard voices him wonderfully and gives what he has been given a good amount of energy. Mel Blanc deserved much more though, he still does his best as he always did but he has been much funnier and much better used, that the character of the kitten is one of his weakest ever characters doesn't help. In conclusion, quite good but could've been much better. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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