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The Cat Came Back (1988)

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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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Gained wide and popular theatrical exposure in Canada as a cartoon short screened before the feature movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). See more »

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[first lines]
Mr. Johnson: [yelling] What?
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Featured in Incredible Manitoba Animation (1989) See more »

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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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Possibly The Best Cartoon I've Ever Seen
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I have seen a lot of funny cartoons, but very few which brought a big smile to my face the entire duration of the film. I just could not believe how good this was, from the hilarious animation - mainly "Mr. Johnson," to the clever jokes that are in here one after the other after the other.

Kudos to Cordell Barker for his story, direction and animation. It's an unbelievably entertaining. story of guy who finds a little yellow cat on his welcome mat outside one day, and how this cat literally destroys the house and the owner. It also shows the many attempts the man makes to get rid of the cat but, as the title say, he keeps coming back.

I can see why this was nominated for an Oscar. What I don't understand is why it didn't win. I don't know how you can make a cartoon any better

There is a DVD out, named "Leonard Maltin's Animation Favorites From The National Film Board Of Canada. If for no other reason than this cartoon, purchasing that DVD would be worthwhile because this animated short is one of the best ever made


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