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When the Cat's Away (1929)

While Tom Cat goes away hunting, Mickey, Minnie, and their mouse friends break into his house and perform music. They play various tunes on the piano while the other mice hit household objects in tune to the music.

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Walt Disney (uncredited)
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Tom Cat drinks his moonshine and then heads off with his rifle to go hunting. While the cat is away, Mickey, Minnie, and the other mice living underneath the porch, will play. Mickey forms another mouse into a key to open the padlock on the door, and then into the house everyone goes. Mickey and Minnie dance on the piano to play music, while the other mice use whatever they can get their hands on - a saxophone, a violin, even a spittoon - to accompany him. A parrot attempts to join in, but the effort of his bad singing causes him to lose his balance and fall into the spittoon. Later, Mickey uses a mousetrap as a catapult to toss himself up to a wheel of Swiss cheese on a high shelf. But these mice are more interested in music than in eating. Mickey slices the cheese in a circular fashion that allows it to act like a paper roll for the player piano. When the roll is finished, two mice form themselves into a makeshift phonograph, which means more fun and music for everyone. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

När katten är borta See more »

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Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Mono (Powers Cinephone Sound System)
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Home Sweet Home
(uncredited)
Music by H.R. Bishop and lyrics by John Howard Payne
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Okay, but not one of my favorites
30 June 2000 | by Coolguy-7See all my reviews

This Mickey Mouse cartoon is quite different than the others. Instead of being more human-size, Mickey and Minnie are the size of regular mice. After Tom Cat left to go hunting, Mickey, Minnie, and their mice friends go inside and play music. One funny gag was where a mouse used another mouse as a record player while another put a funnel in his mouth and placed his tail on the record (ala a needle). Out came the tune "Kingdom Coming." This is a rarely seen cartoon and the version on the Disney Channel is censored (a scene of Tom Cat drinking at the beginning of the short). There really wasn't much action to it, but it was okay.


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