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The Cat That Hated People (1948)

A cat explains reason after reason why he cannot stand people, and opts to relocate to the moon. When he does, he finds characters there that make him realize people aren't so bad after all.

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A cat hates people to the extent that he goes to the moon, where he finds Alice in Wonderland to be a realistic portrayal of 19th century England, comparatively speaking. Written by Reidar Lyng <groucho@phc.chalmers.se>

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20 November 1948 (USA)  »

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El gato que odió a la gente  »

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In the final scene, the cat claims to have returned to America, but in the shot immediately before that, he is shown descending to the Canadian province of Ontario. See more »

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Cat: I hate people.
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References Porky in Wackyland (1938) See more »

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Home, Sweet Home
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Music by H.R. Bishop
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Impossible to hate
22 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best he ever did. 'The Cat That Hated People' is another example of an animated masterpiece and one of his all time best. Like the best of Tex Avery, 'The Cat That Hated People' is a cartoon of amazing quality, is very creative and hilarious as one would expect from Avery on top form like he is here. It is a cartoon so rich in visual detail and with impeccably timed slapstick and non-stop laughter. Even when he wasn't at his best, he still delivered, have yet to see a "bad" effort from him.

'The Cat That Hated People' features a titular character who could easily have annoyed with his initial pessimism, but when hearing the reasons one understands where he's coming from and he does go on a journey character-wise. A character that carries the cartoon brilliantly, and the outstanding voice work of veteran Paul Frees helps a lot too as does the witty writing.

Avery does a wonderful job directing, with his unique, unlike-any-other visual and characteristic and incredibly distinctive wacky humour style all over it as can be expected.

Once again there is nothing sadistic or repetitious, instead it's imaginative, wonderfully wild and hilarious throughout from start to finish. The sight gags throughout are an absolute joy and are immaculate in timing.

It is no surprise either that the animation is superb, being rich in colour and detail. The character designs are unique, Avery always did have creative character designs, and suitably fluid. The music, courtesy of Scott Bradley, is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms and fits very well indeed.

Altogether, another Avery masterpiece, hating 'The Cat That Hated People' is, and would be, impossible. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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