Pat Sullivan Cartoons
Directed by: Otto Messmer
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains some spoilers for this film!
Synopsis: Felix the Cat enlists in the cat army when rats declare war against their species.
Cartoon Cat: Surprisingly Felix now appears to work for the butcher, whose shop he has tried to gain access to in previous cartoons. The butcher shares the bad news in the paper that rats have declared war on cats.
Felix turns in his apron and goes to enlist in the cat army.
He first stops at the house of his girlfriend and shares the bad news with her.
He points out how all the other cats are flocking to sign up. His girlfriend envisions Felix as a hero and agrees to marry him upon his return.
Once on the battlefield the General (who does Felix’s think walk instead) points out to Felix the many casualties a rat in a balloon is causing with his bombs.
Felix uses a cannon to shoot himself to the balloon and quickly dispatches the rat.
Felix makes a quick getaway in the balloon but when he returns the cat casualties have increased by large numbers.
Remembering that his friend the butcher promised him help, Felix quickly telegraphs the man.
The butcher sends an army of hot dogs through the wireless and Felix leads them in an attack on the rat headquarters, winning the day.
Felix returns home a hero.
The butcher then informs Felix that his fiancee has married his rival, but when he sees what kind of life his rival has with his wife and countless kids he has a good laugh.
This is one of several Felix cartoons which were redrawn in color in 1973 and released under Radio and Television Packagers, Inc. (this cartoon was renamed The Inventor for some odd reason). Amazingly Felix is an orange cat in some of these remakes.
Final Mewsings: Cats are patriotic.