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.
When Marc Antony replaces the kitten, Pussyfoot kneads his back, a running joke in most of the shorts featuring them.
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.
Instead of fighting the mouse, Pussyfoot ends up being a cart horse for him!
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to Marc Antony, Pussyfoot is heralded as a champion mouser!
Final Mewsings: Kittens may not be good mousers but they sure are cute!