Kiss Me Cat (1953)

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Mel Blanc
Directed by: Chuck Jones

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Marc Antony the bulldog and Pussyfoot the kitten return.  This time Marc Antony must train the tiny kitten in the art of mouse hunting in order to keep him in the household.

Cartoon Cat: This Looney Toons short is the second featuring the canine / feline pairing, following their first film together Feed the Kitty in 1952.  The short starts out with Pussyfoot sleeping on Marc Antony’s back and then falling off.

Kiss Me Cat - bulldog Marc Antony with kitten Pussyfoot on his back

When Marc Antony replaces the kitten, Pussyfoot kneads his back, a running joke in most of the shorts featuring them.

Kiss Me Cat - kitten Pussyfoot kneading

Marc Antony overhears Tom, the man of the house, stating to his wife Vy that if the cat can’t catch mice they will have to replace him.  This breaks Marc Antony’s heart, as he loves Pussyfoot.  He starts to try to train the kitten to catch the mouse which is frequently raiding the family’s pantry.

Kiss Me Cat - bulldog Marc Antony crying with kitten Pussyfoot kissing him

Instead of fighting the mouse, Pussyfoot ends up being a cart horse for him!

Kiss Me Cat - kitten Pussyfoot pulling cart for mouse

Marc Antony tries schooling Pussyfoot with little effect.  Throughout the short, Marc Antony is thwarted in his efforts and has to come up with another plan.  Although Pussyfoot tries his best to pay attention.

Kiss Me Cat - bulldog Marc Antony teaching kitten Pussyfoot

Kiss Me Cat - kitten Pussyfoot wagging tail with tongue sticking out

Kitty Carnage Warning! Okay, it’s cartoon violence, but there is one moment when Marc Antony is so fed up he actually kicks Pussyfoot away!  Even though his anger only lasts a moment, it’s still hard to see.

Kiss Me Cat - bulldog Marc Antony kicks kitten Pussyfoot

Finally Marc Antony hits upon the idea of using a magnifier to make Pussyfoot appear to be a vicious new giant cat.  This works like a charm and the mouse family quickly evacuates the house.

Kiss Me Cat - kitten Pussyfoot through magnifier looking mean

Thanks to Marc Antony, Pussyfoot is heralded as a champion mouser!

Kiss Me Cat - kitten Pussyfoot held up like winner

Final Mewsings: Kittens may not be good mousers but they sure are cute!


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