Directed by: Walt Disney
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains spoilers for this film!
Synopsis: One of Walt Disney’s early Laugh-o-Gram films. A boy and his cat try to win love from the King’s daughter and chauffeur, respectively. When both fail Puss comes up with a plan inspired by a Rodolph Vaselino film involving bullfighting.
Cartoon Cat: The cat was a regular character in these early Laugh-0-Gram films, but in this short she bears more than a passing resemblance to Krazy Kat at least in action and manner (carrying a purse and a parasol).
The puss in this short is interested in the King’s chauffeur, who appears to be a dog. Even the dog bears some small resemblance to Offisa Pup from Herriman’s strip.
After the boy and cat are both thrown off the King’s property, Puss suggests the boy buy her a pair of boots, which he refuses.
The cat is very affectionate, even with her human boy in the movie theater as they are watching the romantic film.
After watching Rodolph Vaselino throw the bull, quite literally, Puss says she knows how the boy can win the Princess. To tell, the boy must buy her the boots, which she hopes to wear to impress the chauffeur.
The plan involves the boy throwing a bull in a bullfight and Puss is on hand to help with a radio hypnotizing machine.
In the end all works out well and the boy wins the girl and the cat wins the dog.
Final Mewsings: Disney was obviously open-minded about mixed-species relationships!