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Eat Me Kitty, Eight to the Bar (1942)

A bulldog, shocked by the friendship between a cat and mouse, decides to take their lead and become friends with the whole world.

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A bulldog is shocked to see a cat bring some Swiss cheese to a mouse, not to trap him, but as a gesture of affection. The cat and mouse dance together, as the bulldog declares the whole thing unnatural. Finally, the mouse decides he wants to do something nice for the cat. He demands that the cat eat him. The cat goes through the motions of boiling the mouse (over a stove he has turned off). He puts the mouse on a plate and salts him; but just before he takes his first bite, he breaks the plate and laughs. He could never eat the mouse. His goal in life is to be friends with the whole world. The bulldog is inspired. He decides he wants to be friends with the whole world, too. As his first step, he brings a gift to an irascible goat: a boot on a plate. The results of his first and only attempt at magnanimity are disastrous. Written by J. Spurlin

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6 March 1942 (USA)  »

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The title is a pun on the popular boogie-woogie song, "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar" by Don Raye. See more »

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No, There's No Subtext
23 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

A dynamite opener as the title cat goes around scattering seed for the birdies and offering cheese to a mousie -- leading to the offer in the title from the mouse -- leads, disappointingly, nowhere in this late black & white Terrytoon, making it even worse than usual for the mediocre series.

As usual for this period, the techniques of animation are up to date and well executed. The cat is voiced like a serious Ed Wynn; the bulldog sounds like a joyless Jimmy Durante. But the lack of anything of interest to anyone over the age of five -- including a real and unexpected gag in the proceedings, after an intriguing start -- makes this worse than usual.


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