Scaredy Cat (1948)
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Sure enough, it's not long before the mice are poking at and prodding Sylvester with sharp objects or launching the poor kitty through windows. Despite repeated attempts, Porky will just not pay attention until he himself is kidnapped.
Now it's up to Sylvester to rescue him in an unusual role as the victim turned hero. You gotta love him, he's just so adorable.
The cartoon didn't live up to its premise and wasn't really that funny. Poor Sylvester is unfairly accused of a few things until the end, so it was a bit frustrating more than funny to watch. Justice did prevail, although the ending also was weak.
Let's be honest: it wasn't one of the Looney Tunes' better efforts.
In this short, Porky and Sylvester have moved into a big, spooky house and Sylvester is terrified of his new surroundings. He has good reason to be terrified, as the house is populated with horribly murdering mice. Sylvester, as he is a cat who cannot speak, cannot tell Porky of the horrible creatures in the house and just stays close to his owner, hoping that they will not be killed...
I enjoyed this cartoon for the originality of it and for some of the jokes, which, despite being very slapsticky, were quite humorous. I enjoyed the new character of Sylvester, whom I prefer to his character with Tweety, of which he is more famous for.
I recommend this to people who like Sylvester and Porky and who like/don't mind to see cartoon horror. Enjoy "Scaredy Cat"! :-)
Oh well. Whether they are or not, "Scaredy Cat" is still a great cartoon. "Claws for Alarm" had almost exactly the same plot.
*** (out of 4)
Fun Merrie Melodies short has Porky Pig buying a new house but his cat Sylvester is the only one that can see the strange things going on in it. This leads to some misunderstanding as Porky doesn't realize the danger inside the house and Sylvester will have to build up the courage to fight it. This is a pretty good entry in the series as both Porky and Sylvester are at the top of their game. The biggest weakness is that the mice really aren't developed too well so they're only middle ground villains. The best sequence in the movie is when the mice push the bed out the window and Sylvester gets blamed for what follows even though he's just trying to save Porky.
Some of the funniest scenes in "Scaredy Cat" include the following. Sylvester jumps into Porky's nightshirt after he sees a group of mice executioners carrying a cat to the guillotine. Later, Sylvester prevents an anvil and a bowling ball (both supplied by the mice) from whacking Porky in the head, but Porky of course misunderstands and demands an explanation from the mute Sylvester. (In fact, throughout most of the film Porky simply misses out on all the mischief that the mice create, and this only adds to Sylvester's hysteria.) Porky is even too absentminded to notice that the mice pushed his bed out the window onto a flagpole while he is sleeping!
"Scaredy Cat" is a well-named cartoon, and Porky and Sylvester make a great team. A similar "haunted house" premise cropped up again with the world-famous pig and cat in "Claws for Alarm" (1954).
My Grade: B+
Although it's colourful animation falls more towards the classic look of WB than the ones made on the cheap, the plot doesn't manage to do quite as well and what we have is a basic story where Sylvester gets picked on by mice and runs constantly to the impatient Porky. It is funny but it is not as imaginative or as funny as it should be. The plot feels like it didn't have as much to it as there could have been.
Likewise, the film doesn't use the main character of Sylvester very well; he is a silent fall guy, mugging his way through the series of misadventures. Porky is much better and gets his share of laughs. The mice are fairly nondescript but do the job; however I didn't get the reference at the end.
Overall this is an amusing short, that works mostly due to a good turn from Porky acting as a bookend to Sylvester's moments. Not great but quite fun.