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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 full score for this cartoon can be heard on the album "The Carl Stalling Project Vol. 2: More Music from Warner Bros. Cartoons 1939-1957". The score is also heard on the fourth Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD set as a music-only audio track. See more »

Quotes

Mouse: [Wakes up to the smell of cheese] I know, I'm in heaven.
[Sees Sylvester]
Mouse: No, I must be in the other place.
Sylvester: Well, I'll tell ya where you're gonna be, unless you do as I tell you, and that's down the hatch.
[Points at mouth]
Mouse: Oh, please, spare me, Mr. Pussycat! I'll do anything you say.
Sylvester: Okay. But remember, you disobey me, and it's down the hatch.
Mouse: No! No! Not that! I'll be your slave.
Sylvester: Okay, slave. I've got a job for ya.
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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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Very amusing if somewhat familiar stuff
13 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Looney Tunes, Sylvester and Robert McKimson are a good mixture, the Looney Tunes cartoons are childhood favourites that a vast majority of the time hold up very well and are even better from an adult perspective, Sylvester is a great funny character who can work equally well with another character or on his own and Robert McKimson(while somewhat in the shadow of Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett and Fritz Freleng) has been responsible for lots of fun cartoons and some classics also. The Unexpected Pest doesn't see either of them at their best, with a predictable set-up and a few gags that while nice we've seen many times already and since(ie. throwing objects from a great height, getting hands caught in mouse-traps). The beginning sets the cartoon well but there isn't really anything that wows, it's really when the mouse comes on the scene when The Unexpected Pest comes to life. The animation is very good though, simple but colourful and careful in design, while the music score keeps the energy levels high and brings much character to the proceedings. While you have seen some of it before, that doesn't stop The Unexpected Pest from being strong amusing entertainment, with nicely timed gags and very witty dialogue(Sylvester gets the best lines). The set-up is predictable, but the execution of the actual story is neat and is paced well with some nice twists. The ending works especially well, with a turning-of-the-tables sort of situation. The mouse is a fun character as well as cute, Sylvester as ever is the one who steals the show. Mel Blanc's vocals are superb, every single character he voiced came to life and largely because of him. He was one of those few voice actors who could voice more than one character in the same cartoon and not only give them different personalities and such but also make them funny and memorable. To conclude, familiar but neat and amusing. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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