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Naughty But Mice (1947)

Herman, the city-slicker mouse (looking like a cross between James Cagney and Lee Tracy) visits his barn-mice cousins in the country. There he sees that the barn also has a cat, and Katnip ... See full summary »



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Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ...
Mice (voice) (uncredited)
Carl Meyer ...
Mice (voice) (uncredited)
Sid Raymond ...
Katnip (voice) (uncredited)
Herman (voice) (uncredited)


Herman, the city-slicker mouse (looking like a cross between James Cagney and Lee Tracy) visits his barn-mice cousins in the country. There he sees that the barn also has a cat, and Katnip the Kat, is one mean dude who has put most of Herman's relatives on crutches and in slings, and even dispatched a couple of them to Mice Heaven. It is up to city-wise Herman to outwit the country-wise cat but the country cat has been to a couple of County Fairs himself, and proves to be nearly more than Herman can handle. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

10 October 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nevolje malog miša  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of the best Herman cartoons
28 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While not a huge fan of the Herman cartoons(though none of them are unwatchable), there are some good ones out there and Naughty and Mice is one of them, also one of Herman's overall best as well.

Admittedly Naughty But Mice is formulaic in terms of story for the cartoon, but its gags and visuals are some of the most original and inventive for a Herman cartoon. The animation didn't really appeal to me in Henpecked Rooster and Scrappily Married and it wasn't the best in Cheese Burglar(which otherwise was one of his better cartoons too) but it is very good here. It's colourful and fluid with lively colours, smooth drawings, the best character designs seen yet in the Herman cartoons at this point and some inventive effects in the gags. Naughty But Mice is also winning in the humour department as well, the best of the material like in the gag with the catnip is just hilarious, again the funniest Herman cartoon at this point and one of his funniest overall.

The music score was the best thing about both Henpecked Rooster and Scrappily Married, which don't really bowl me over as cartoons, and doesn't disappoint here either, always have had a soft spot for the music in the opening credits. It has non-stop energy and adds a lot to the action, it's filled with lively rhythms and the way it's orchestrated is clever and lush. Even after haven't seen the Herman cartoons for some time I still remembered the Ding Dong Bell song. Herman and the cat are a well-matched pair, the cat is dastardly but also a character you mildly feel sorry for in a couple of the gags and this was at a point where Herman was actually funny and likable, being quick-witted and cunning while willing to help those in need. The other mice bring a poignancy without sentimentalising the cartoon too much. Overall, a great and hilarious cartoon and a contender for one of Herman's best. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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