Cat Feud (1958)
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Usually when the bulldog is in a film he is just a barking creature that continually manages to hammer Sylvester or whoever else is trying to get wherever the Bulldog is. Here it appears that the same will be the case here, but instead it flips it and gives the bulldog a rather paternal instinct with his little cat. This is a nice addition and I did find it enjoyable to see this character given an extra element for a change, however I worried that the film would be too cutesy for my tastes as a result.
Luckily the alley cat turns up and makes this film a tradition battle between cat and dog, albeit spiced up by the fact that the bulldog is also trying to protect the smaller cat. It's pretty funny and plays out like the end of Baby's Day Out - if you liked the building site, slapstick humour of that film then you should find this funny too!
Overall, the characters here are pretty good, with the Bulldog a specific draw thanks to his extra personality. The cartoon looks good and the material is funny and pretty well delivered. It may be cute at the start and end but the guts of this cartoon are funny sequences as the dog tries to get one cat and protect the other in the iron girder world of the building site.
Guarding a construction site bullying hound Mark Anthony finds the endearing kitten Pussyfoot emerging from a trash can. When his frenzied barking only elicits purrs and affection he takes a shine to the kitten and proceeds to batter and pound a stray that wanders in and tries to take the cat's food.
While the animation is a bit ropey (a la the later Tom and Jerry's) this is still one of my favourite cartoons ever despite being the least pleasing of the Bulldog/ Kitten quartet.
As has been noted before, Mark Anthony's increasingly frenzied barking at Pussyfoot producing no reaction whatsoever is one of the funniest things Chuck Jones has ever done.
I dearly wish that Warner Bros would put this and the other 3 cartoons on one cassette/ DVD.
There is also listing of sympathy for the alley cat as he was just trying to get food. If you watch again, the alley cat is looking to get the food, and if the kitten dies, it doesn't care. The watchdog takes his job seriously, protecting it. Is it the best Warner Bros. cartoon? No. But it still has Chuck's facial expressions. And comedy along the construction site.
How the previous reviewer says its to be avoided at all costs. Maybe cartoons aren't for you then? Lighten up and relax and enjoy. It's better than a lot of drivel out these days.
Anyway, when a nearby cat wants to steal some food from Pussyfoot, Marc Antony is there to protect. We get into high-rise slapstick when the chase scenes elevate to high altitudes on the construction site and Marc uses all the tricks of this particular trade to fend off the cat. Actually, the invading cat shouldn't have been portrayed as such a villain. He wasn't after the little kitten; just the food, and what's wrong with that? Every animal looks for food. So, in reality, this was a dumb story. The only redeeming quality was the decent artwork and direction with the high-rise shots. There was very little humor in here.
There's only one scene in "Cat Feud" that I find funny, and that occurs at the very end, after the greedy, troublemaking feline has been done away with. Marc Anthony grunts "Rock-a-Bye Baby" as Pussyfoot sharpens his claws on Marc's back.
Again, "Cat Feud" misses its mark in the laughs department. Oh, well. I guess you gotta take the good with the mediocre. You can find this cartoon on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 4 Disc 4.