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 »


[first lines]
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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24 November 2002 | by (In A Confined Space) – See all my reviews

That phrase defines this darkly comic classic animated short. The drawing makes you feel like you are on some whacked acid trip. It is beyond stunning in my mind. I love the ways that Mr. Johnson will try to get rid of that sadistic yellow feline. Somehow, the cat keeps coming back and that song keeps playing when the cat comes back. This is a nightmare within a nightmare. I am sure someone out there owns a cat that they don't want around anymore but it keeps coming back for more and it refuses to back down. Funny, dark, warped, and awesome are the four words that sum up this quality piece of animation. I give it 10 out of 10!

Here ends my rant!

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