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The Unexpected Pest (1956)

Sylvester Cat must catch mice or lose his happy home. When he can't find a mouse inside, he searches out of doors and comes upon one meek, little mouse who agrees under duress to be ... See full summary »

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Sylvester Cat must catch mice or lose his happy home. When he can't find a mouse inside, he searches out of doors and comes upon one meek, little mouse who agrees under duress to be Sylvester's one rodent to catch and rough up again and again in front of his masters. But it isn't long before the mouse realizes Sylvester needs him alive and decides to stop being Sylvester's stooge. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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The title is a pun on that of the movie feature "Unexpected Guest" (1947). See more »

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Man: Marsha, what's going on in here?
Woman: Oh, John. We'll have to keep the cat. He just caught a great big mouse, and there might be others around.
Sylvester: [Chuckling] Or the same one lots of times, sister.
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References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

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Home Sweet Home
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Music by H.R. Bishop
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A solid cartoon that throws the spotlight firmly on its neatly plotted story
9 January 2009 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Robert McKimson's 'The Unexpected Pest' is a neatly plotted little cartoon with some unusual twists and genuine laughs. When Sylvester's owners realise that they don't need him now that he's got rid of all the mice, the cat has to seek out a mouse to save himself from becoming homeless. Threatening him with being eaten unless he follows his instructions, Sylvester uses the mouse hundreds of times in order to convince his owners that they have an infestation. I won't spoil the fun by elaborating further but the final few plot twists make for some very funny moments indeed. 'The Unexpected Pest' moves at a fairly leisurely pace and isn't much to look at but the script is great and McKimson wisely throws the spotlight firmly on the story. It's best the first time you see it but, with the delicious knowledge of what's to come also enhancing the fun, 'The Unexpected Pest' stands up to repeated viewings too. It's a solid cartoon and it's always a pleasure to see Sylvester without either of the twin drag factors, Tweety or Speedy Gonzalez.


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