Starring: Mel Blanc
Directed by: Charles M. Jones
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains some spoilers for this film!
Synopsis: Hubie and Bertie the mice break into a cheese factory and eat so much cheese they can’t stand it any more, so decide to end their lives by sacrificing themselves to a wary cat.
Cartoon Cat: Claude the cat is a recurring character who appeared in other shorts with the mouse duo and the bulldog. Here Claude is surprised when Hubie and Bertie climb into his mouth while he is sleeping. He awakens with a start.
Claude rushes to a mirror to confirm the mice in his mouth and is thrilled at first. Then he starts to thinking something is not quite right (illustrated with a Something Rotten in Denmark thought balloon).
Claude spits out the mice but they rush back into his mouth. At this point Clause assumes he must be dreaming and sticks himself with a pin, flying into the air and landing on his pillow.
But Claude is not dreaming and is stunned by the persistent mice.
Trying to appease the rodents, Claude offers them some cheese and is even more disturbed when they respond with disgust.
At this point Claude is going crazy and consults a book of Mental Diseases, making himself a paper hat and taking a Napoleon stance.
Claude learns that a hobby can calm the nerves so he takes up building a ship in a bottle, only Claude is in the bottle!
Hubie and Bert break the bottle with a hammer and then hit Claude on the foot to make him mad. Claude forgets himself for a moment and eats the mice with a vengeance, then remembers the bizarre circumstances and spits the mice out before running away.
Claude realizes that he will never be able to eat another mouse and decides to sacrifice himself to the bulldog.
The bulldog is taken aback to find out the cat wants him to chew him to bits.
On top of this, Hubie and Bertie appear and beg the cat to eat them, which the cat refuses.
Trying to sort all this out, the bulldog examines the whole situation, using an adding machine. But things just don’t add up and in the end the bulldog chases after a Dog Catcher’s truck while Claude chases the dog and the mice chase Claude.
Final Mewsings: Cats are suspicious of ulterior motives.
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