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Mouse-Placed Kitten (1959)

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A kitten is dropped in a sack out of a car and rolls down a hill, to arrive at the door of Clyde and Matilda Mouse. Matilda thinks the kitten is heaven-sent and wants to keep him, and Clyde... See full summary »

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A kitten is dropped in a sack out of a car and rolls down a hill, to arrive at the door of Clyde and Matilda Mouse. Matilda thinks the kitten is heaven-sent and wants to keep him, and Clyde reluctantly agrees. But the kitten doesn't eat cheese and needs human companionship, and within weeks of their adopting the kitten, Clyde convinces Matilda that the kitten belongs with people. They leave the kitten on a lady's doorstep. A year later, on their "son's" birthday, Clyde and Matilda decide to visit him at his new home, and though the fully-grown cat remembers his adoptive rodent parents, his mistress doesn't like the presence of two mice in her home. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Mildly cute cartoon about mice parents with a kitten baby
8 September 2010 | by (Bronx, NY) – See all my reviews

"Mouse-Placed Kitten" (1959) offers that old Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies standby of the wrong baby being delivered to a pair of expectant parents (see "Baby Bottleneck," "A Mouse Divided," "Goo Goo Goliath"). There's no stork involved in this one, though, as we see a kitten tied up in a bag and thrown out of a car, only to land at the doorstep of a mouse couple living in a barn. After scenes of the mouse father carrying the huge kitten and trying to rock it to sleep and then trying to feed it cheese (which the kitten rejects), the mice agree that the best thing for the kitten is to place him on the porch of the nearby farmhouse and hope that the human family there will take him in. A woman does and a year goes by and the mouse couple decide to go visit "Junior" at the house. Junior, under pressure from the lady of the house to keep the place mouse-free, goes after the mice and grabs them, but then recognizes them as his Ma and Pa and greets them heartily. He endeavors to hide them and take care of them during their visit. When Pa Mouse falls into a jug of "hard cider" and gets drunk, it's all Junior can do to keep him out of view and away from the vacuum cleaner being operated by the lady of the house.

It's a cute idea and features some great voice work by June Foray (as both the lady of the house and the mother mouse), but it's never fully developed, nor is it ever particularly funny. The previous cartoons I've seen with this theme did it better.


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