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A Peck o' Trouble (1953)

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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28 March 1953 (USA)  »

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After the un-named Kitten fails to capture the woodpecker and is in the tree hole, Dodsworth at first believes that the kitten is taking what he planned for himself. So he pulls the rope back down, and a bowling ball falls on his head, with the note: 'My Mother always said, If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.' [signed] The Kitten.' Right after Dodsworth read the note, he looks up and sees the un-named kitten become an artificial woodpecker. After the beak is on the kitten, the kitten and woodpecker quickly pecked on the tree a note to Dodsworth and any other, [in capital letters] 'GNATS TO CATS'. 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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Rienzi Overture - Act 2: Erschallet, Feierklänge!
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Music by Richard Wagner
[Plays when Dodsworth says, "Why, for generations, none of us Dodsworths have ever stooped to physical effort to obtain his breakfast."]
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Foghorn Leghorn as a cat
13 February 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I guess that Robert McKimson only cast Dodsworth and the anonymous kitten in two cartoons, but the two cats do some great stuff in both turns. In "A Peck o' Trouble", lazy Dodsworth wants to eat a woodpecker for breakfast, but the woodpecker lives in a tall tree, which Dodsworth refuses to climb (after all, no member of his family has ever stooped to physical labor). So, as in "Kiddin' the Kitten", Dodsworth pretends to teach a class on catching the animal, and teaches a kitten how to do it (in the first cartoon, the kitten was white; here he's yellow). But sure enough, things don't go quite as Dodsworth planned.

At first glance, this is a neat look at turning a dishonest situation upside down. But also, it shows that - contrary to what some people have written in other reviews - Robert McKimson directed many good shorts. When Warner Bros. had to close one of its animation units in the late 1940s, it's a good thing that they kept open McKimson's unit; without it, we wouldn't have Foghorn Leghorn, Hippety Hopper and the Tasmanian Devil.* Anyway, I just get a kick out of what happens to the languid Dodsworth. He's like a feline version of Foghorn Leghorn. Worth seeing.

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

*In all fairness to Arthur Davis (whose unit they discontinued), he had a pretty interesting record, namely "Bowery Bugs".


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