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This is a cartoon in the Mighty Mouse series produced by Terrytoons.
There will be spoilers ahead:
Mighty Mouse cartoons follow a formula. There are two principal concepts. One is Mighty Mouse being called on to save a group of mice from a threat, typically involving cats. The other has Mighty Mouse in a melodramatic plot line, generally saving Pearl Pureheart or her equivalent from Oil Can Harry. This cartoon is in the first group.
A bunch of mice are celebrating Hallowe'en, singing and marching around. The celebration goes well until the arrival of a witch and her cat. The witch wants to catch a bunch of mice for her cat to eat. The mice actually do fairly well in the beginning in fending off the attacks of both witch and cat, but the inevitable happens and the mice call for Mighty Mouse to rescue them. If they didn't, it wouldn't be much of a Mighty Mouse cartoon, now would it? Mighty Mouse comes to the rescue, though there's the brief bit of false tension created when Mighty Mouse is temporarily unable to do anything. But he ultimately triumphs over witch and cat. That's the inherent weakness of these shorts-Mighty Mouse must always win, so the conclusion is a given. The only question is how he'll win, not if he'll win. But the pacing is good, a fair number of the gags are funny and its a fun short, even though it's predictable.
Really, when you say "If you've seen one, you've seen 'em all" you're
talking about Mighty Mouse. Paul Terry had been producing mostly
mediocre cartoons for thirty years by this point and the kiddies liked
MM, because it was small guys beating up big guys. His crews did a
competent job each time, but how many changes could they ring on the
story? Mice frolic, cat or things like cats come to eat them, MM shows
up singing "Here I come to save the day!" Biff biff, bam bam and it's
over. Usually it's small variations on beating-up gags and the
occasional bit of Pearl Pureheart being strapped to the saw in the
lumber mill. Worth a three or four out of ten for competent handling of
the story for the umpteenth time, and if you're a MM fan and don't like
my attitude, my apologies for your hurt feeling.
In this one, it's a cat looking to eat mice, accompanied by a witch on a broomstick for the Hallowe'en season. There's something about the simple line drawing of the witch's face that makes me think she's a caricature of some one. And then there's the color choices...
It may seem odd to call your attention to this, but it is worth noting that the whole thing takes place at night, and the choices made in terms of color and lighting are very nice -- the usual Terry competence applied to the same story. Notice how the backgrounding is very dark and the items are defined simply by color, chroma and brightness. Except for that witch's face.
It's not much to hang six minutes on, but it stops this cartoon from being an absolute yawn,
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