A cat who has just been chased by a mouse wielding a meat cleaver laments, "Why can't I catch that mouse?!" A parrot reading "Superkatt" comics tells the feline he can if he just tries to ... See full summary »

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A cat who has just been chased by a mouse wielding a meat cleaver laments, "Why can't I catch that mouse?!" A parrot reading "Superkatt" comics tells the feline he can if he just tries to emulate everyone's favorite comic book hero. So he obtains a costume like Superkatt's (a baby outfit) and after making a less-than-spectacular heroic entrance, chases the rodent consulting his comic for advice. He sets a trap with an enormous sack of flour set to flatten the rodent but it falls on him instead! He tries sucking the mouse out with a vacuum but only captures a vast bulldog. He tries blowing the mouse up with gun powder and then attacks him with pruning shears, finally going in after the mouse himself. The mouse escapes and destroys the now trapped cat with a powder keg. Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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15 May 1947 (USA)  »

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Exit, Pursued By Mouse With Cleaver
13 August 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A cat is chased through a door by a cleaver-wielding mouse. Acting on the advice of a parrot, he peruses a comic book and decides to model his actions against his foe on Superkatt. Dressed in a baby bonnet and diaper, he tries to squelch his enemy, to a notable lack of success.

Superkatt was the delusional comic book creation of Dan Gordon, a former Fleischer animator and this is his only movie appearance. Doubtless this was intended as the first of a series, but Columbia shifted to distributing UPA cartoons alone and it got no further. This effort is standard, if hyper-violent, and that violence may have acted against its success. The gags, as directed by Howard Swift, are well executed, but probably struck the first-time viewer as simply too weird.

Gordon's comic strip was moderately successful, but by the mid-fifties, with the decline of comic books and the decrying of their violence that led to the Comic Code Authority, Superkatt was done.


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