A pesky yellow cat becomes the bane of Mr. Johnson's life as it constantly outsmarts his increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it.

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Animated illustration of the folksong, "The Cat Came Back," sung by a quartet. Old Mr. Johnson, at 80-plus years, sits in his bed sit playing his tuba when someone leaves a small yellow cat on his doorstep. The cat is destructive, so Old Mr. Johnson puts it back on the doorstep. The cat comes back through the mail slot. Then Johnson tries the woods, the sea, a helium balloon, and a scenic railway. Each time, Old Mr. Johnson takes the brunt of the adventure and the cat returns more destructive than before. Finally it's time for dynamite. Nine lives anyone? Mee-ouch. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The ending is almost identical to that of Friz Freleng's 1948 cartoon Back Alley Oproar (1948) featuring Sylvester and Elmer Fudd. The plot differs in that Sylvester is keeping Elmer awake with his back fence singing performance. See more »

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Mr. Johnson: [yelling] What?
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The Cat Came Back
Written by Harry S. Miller
Performed by John McCulloch, Ed Ledson, Richard Condie & Cordell Barker
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Brilliant!
12 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is, without doubt, one of the funniest animated films I've ever seen. Just the shape Johnson's pants is hilarious. The cat's systematic destruction of his house, his mum's picture, the drapes, the soundtrack of the rat blowing out his lighter--priceless. I've seen it a dozen times and every time I see it, I see something new. Brilliant and richly humorous. MD


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