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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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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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The ending is almost identical to that of Friz Freleng's 1948 cartoon Back Alley Oproar (1948) featuring Sylvester and Elmer Fudd. The plot differs in that Sylvester is keeping Elmer awake with his back fence singing performance. See more »

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Mr. Johnson: [yelling] What?
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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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Fantastic and very funny
11 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing this on UK Tv and laughing out loud when I saw it. It is basically a farce based around Old Mr Johnson getting a cute looking, but darn pesky, cat dumped on his doorstep and the lengths he goes to to try and get rid of it. Needless to say things don't go to plan....a number of times. The cat keeps coming back and driving Mr Johnson crazy - the soundtrack is perfect for this too. This is quite simply the best cartoon I've ever seen - it is full of dark humour and is really inventive and the ending is superb too. If you haven't seen this go and track it down.


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