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Mouse Menace (1946)

Porky has a particularly menacing mouse in his house; after his traps, and an increasingly nasty set of cats all fail, Porky builds a robot cat. This cat proves to be a much bigger ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Davis

Writer:

George Hill (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Wise Guy Mouse / Robot Cat / Lion / Cat (voice)
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Porky has a particularly menacing mouse in his house; after his traps, and an increasingly nasty set of cats all fail, Porky builds a robot cat. This cat proves to be a much bigger challenge for the mouse, who ultimately builds a robot mouse packed with explosives. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Trivia

First Warner Bros. cartoon for director Arthur Davis. See more »

Goofs

In close-ups the buttons on the robot cat are solid cylinders, but on all other times they are like old typewriter keys - flat discs with a thin shaft. See more »

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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Home Sweet Home
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Music by H.R. Bishop
Played after the house is blown up
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Porky's mouse trouble
19 May 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation and Looney Tunes. Do appreciate Porky Pig, he is likeable and is amusing but tended to be over-shadowed by funnier and more interesting characters, either playing it straight against them or on occasions having less to do, some cartoons were pretty bad at underusing him. Mel Blanc was and still is a voice acting legend and Carl Stalling has always been one of my favourite composers in animation. Do appreciate Arthur Davis' work.

Under Davis, who directs more than competently and with a good deal of confidence, 'Mouse Menace' isn't a cartoon that knocked my socks off, while also not having anything wrong with it, but it was fun enough and is well made. It is not one of the best Porky cartoons and he has been much better used before and especially since. One shouldn't be fooled thinking that this is a Porky Pig cartoon, don't get me wrong he is certainly in it but do agree that he is more of a supporting character here and 'Mouse Menace' is more of a featuring Porky Pig cartoon.

Do think that he is not in the cartoon enough and that the supporting characters are more interesting and have better material. Personal opinion of course. 'Mouse Menace' could have done with more variety in places and while it is always entertaining it is never what one calls hilarious.

The second half is to me the stronger half, there are more gags, it was funnier and there was more energy. Do feel that 'Mouse Menace' could have gotten going a little quicker, while liking Porky's rapport with the mouse.

However, the cat is a fun character and is amusing but do agree also that the best character in 'Mouse Menace' is the mouse, showing the most personality with the over-confidence not going overboard that it becomes annoying. Also really liked the different approach to the relationship between the cat and the mouse, where one does feel that the cat would normally is the more interesting character when being the brunt of the laughs.

Animation is excellent. Beautifully drawn, very detailed and the colours are vibrant, complete with some great expressions and Davis' distinctive style of the characters moving from foreground to background. Carl Stalling's music score is typically lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms, it's also beautifully synchronised with the action and gestures/expressions and even enhances the impact.

Not hilarious perhaps but 'Mouse Menace' still amuses and entertains with some nice wit and good timing in the second half. Mel Blanc as ever shows his pretty much unparallelled ability to voice multiple characters (in a one-man show here) and bring contrasting individual personalities to each without ever showing signs of fatigue.

Overall, decent fun while not blowing me away. 7/10


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1946 (USA) See more »

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Der Katzenschreck See more »

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1.37 : 1
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