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Release Date:
2 June 1956 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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"Cheese works better than smelling salts for mouses." See more (7 total) »


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Mel Blanc ... Sylvester / John / Mouse (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

June Foray ... Marsha (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert McKimson 
Writing credits
Warren Foster (story)

Produced by
Edward Selzer .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Carl W. Stalling (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Animation Department
Ted Bonnicksen .... animator
Keith Darling .... animator
Russ Dyson .... animator
George Grandpré .... animator
Robert Gribbroek .... layout artist
Richard H. Thomas .... background artist
Music Department
Carl W. Stalling .... musical director (as Carl Stalling)
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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6 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sylvester:Come on, slave. Time to do your stuff.
Mouse:Just a minute, cat! I've been doing some thinking.
Sylvester:Oh, yeah? And what about, peanut brain?
Mouse:Well, it looks like you need me to keep your happy home.
Sylvester:Oh, yeah? And what's that make you?
Mouse:Well, from now on, it makes me the boss around here.
[Plucks out one of Sylvester's whiskers]
Sylvester:Ow! Why you little... I'll...
Mouse:You'll what?
Sylvester:Why, I'll...
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Movie Connections:
References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)See more »
Home Sweet HomeSee more »


Which series is this from: Merrie Melodies or Looney Tunes?
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"Cheese works better than smelling salts for mouses.", 16 September 2015
Author: utgard14 from USA

Sylvester's masters are going to get rid of him because there are no mice around and his main job was as the mouse catcher. So Sylvester finds a scared little mouse to be his slave, catching him over and over in front of the masters so they will think he is valuable to the household. But the mouse gets wise to Sylvester's game and turns the tables on him. This is a funny short, thanks in large part to the little mouse. He's a hoot! The animation is bright and colorful with well-drawn characters and backgrounds. The music is lively and fun. Wonderful voice work from the incomparable Mel Blanc. An enjoyable cartoon with great characters and a cute story.

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