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
Did You Know?
The ending is almost identical to that of Friz Freleng
's 1948 cartoon Back Alley Oproar
featuring Sylvester and Elmer Fudd. The plot differs in that Sylvester is keeping Elmer awake with his back fence singing performance. See more
Featured in Animated Century
"The Cat Came Back"
Written by Harry S. Miller
Performed by John McCulloch
, Ed Ledson
, Richard Condie
& Cordell Barker See more