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Pizzicato Pussycat (1955)

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Mr. and Mrs. Jones hear a piano being played in their living room. They automatically assume it is their cat who is making the music, when in fact, the talented one is a mouse whom the cat ... See full summary »

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Mr. and Mrs. Jones hear a piano being played in their living room. They automatically assume it is their cat who is making the music, when in fact, the talented one is a mouse whom the cat has forced into being his stooge to make him famous. The cat is showered with media attention and set to play at Carnegie Hall, where he hopes nobody will notice that he is pantomiming the movements with the keys while the mouse is playing his miniature piano inside the full-scale model. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14
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A good example of Freleng taking on a routine idea and jazzing it up to great effect
18 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Pizzicato Pussycat won't go down as one of the greats, but at the same time don't expect that, expect for some good entertainment for 6-8 minutes or so and you'll find much to enjoy with Pizzicato Pussycat. The story is kept simply which is good and has good energy, there is very little new though and things can feel on the routine side. The animation is great though, very clever stylised drawing and the vibrant colours just pop out at you. There are also some funny gags that keep things to the point and never into too-much-irrelevant-filler territory, the climax is particularly entertaining. The characters are likable and sweet in their own way and while not especially memorable carry Pizzicato Pussycat nicely. The voice acting as always is solid as rocks, and what there is of the dialogue is good. But it's the music here that stands out, the jazzy style works so well for the cartoon and it's beautifully orchestrated and most importantly it's music that you won't forget in the long run. And of course, it synchronises so well with the action and the gags as well as with how the characters are feeling, something that Freleng always did excel at doing and better than most as well. All in all, a routine idea but done to clever and entertaining effect. Not a favourite, but worth a visit and even a couple of re-visits too. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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