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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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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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Movie Connections:
References "The Jackie Gleason Show" (1952)See more »
Home Sweet HomeSee more »


Which series is this from: Merrie Melodies or Looney Tunes?
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0 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
geopolitics actually gets like this, 10 February 2008
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

I'm 99% sure that Robert McKimson intended "The Unexpected Pest" as purely wacky entertainment, and it certainly entertains. However, I noticed that the plot - Sylvester forces a mouse to be his slave, but then the mouse uses the predicament against Sylvester - is not unlike situations that we see in geopolitics. One example is US-Saudi relations: Saudi Arabia's government can't survive without US support (lest the people rise up against the government), and the US economy can't survive without Saudi Arabia's oil (if Saudi Arabia's government cut off oil shipments, what do you think would happen to our country?). Beyond that, the US government considers Sudan's government a terrorist government, but can't criticize them over atrocities in Darfur because Osama bin Laden once lived in Sudan, and so dictator Omar al-Bashir can give us information about him. At every turn, one country uses a tense situation to blackmail another country, and what the hell kind of neurosis would prompt anyone to relate this to a silly cartoon?!!!!!!!!! OK, I'll stop. The point is, this is a pretty funny cartoon. Far from the greatest cartoon, but I like how the mouse turns the situation on Sylvester. Is he just a doomed cat or something? Worth seeing.

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