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The Cat Came Back (1988)

A pesky yellow cat becomes the bane of Mr. Johnson's life as it constantly outsmarts his increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it.

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Cordell Barker

Writer:

Cordell Barker (story)
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Animated illustration of the folksong, "The Cat Came Back," sung by a quartet. Old Mr. Johnson, at 80-plus years, sits in his bed sit playing his tuba when someone leaves a small yellow cat on his doorstep. The cat is destructive, so Old Mr. Johnson puts it back on the doorstep. The cat comes back through the mail slot. Then Johnson tries the woods, the sea, a helium balloon, and a scenic railway. Each time, Old Mr. Johnson takes the brunt of the adventure and the cat returns more destructive than before. Finally it's time for dynamite. Nine lives anyone? Mee-ouch. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1988 (Canada) See more »

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Animation Greats! See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Mono

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Color
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Trivia

Gained wide and popular theatrical exposure in Canada as a cartoon short screened before the feature movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Johnson: [yelling] What?
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Referenced in Corner Gas: Cat River Daze (2009) See more »

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The Cat Came Back
Written by Harry S. Miller
Performed by John McCulloch, Ed Ledson, Richard Condie & Cordell Barker
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This makes me proud to be Canadian
31 May 1999 | by DanB-4See all my reviews

This short was shown as a preview to "A Fish Called Wanda". The combination of the two left me in need of oxygen.

This is a mercilessly funny little short from the NFB of Canada based around the the little ditty of the same name. Poor Mr. Johnson and the cute yellow kitty create a series of comic images that will forever be tattooed in your brain. Pay close attention to what Mr. Johnson says as his rail car is about to strike a cow. Sometimes, the funniest words are the ones unspoken.

Seek this out - its only seven minutes but you will watch it again and again and again.


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