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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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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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Old Story, But The Mouse Keeps It Entertaining, 10 August 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Poor Sylvester: his owners sure are cold people. Listen to this: Sylvester is shown sleeping on the couch. The father comes home, spots the wife and says to her, "Marsha, why do we have to put up with that dirty old cat,. scratchin' up the furniture and makin' a mess out of the house?" She answers, "Well, John, we got him to get rid of those mice, remember?"

"Yeah, but there hasn't been a mouse around the house in months."

"Yes, that's right. Well, I'll the society tomorrow and get rid of him."

Wow, talk about a pet feeling loved in his house! Sylvester freaks out. "Sufferin' succotash," he says, "I have to get a mouse to keep my happy home."

The problem is that there are no mice in house, but our hero spots one outside among the garbage cans. "A lifesaver!" he exclaims.

The rest of the cartoon builds on this premise, and then adds a twist near the end when the mouse gets tired of playing "slave" to Sylvester and wises up. It turns out he's a pretty funny mouse.

Overall, this is a pretty decent effort with some cleverness, although there are a couple of gags used in previous cartoons, like the mouse dropping dishes from a high ledge and having the cat trying to catch them. However, that might not have been Looney Tunes but a Tom & Jerry. Whatever, this is entertaining overall as most Sylvester stories tend to be. I still prefer to see him paired with Tweety, though.

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