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Kiss Me Cat

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Kiss Me Cat
Directed byChuck Jones
Produced byEddie Selzer
Story byMichael Maltese
StarringMel Blanc
Bea Benaderet (uncredited)[1]
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byLloyd Vaughan
Ken Harris
Ben Washam
Layouts byMaurice Noble
Backgrounds byPhilip De Guard
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
February 21, 1953 (USA)
Running time
7:05
LanguageEnglish

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Kiss Me Cat is a 1953 Looney Tunes short directed by Chuck Jones featuring Marc Antony and Pussyfoot.[2]:0:28 This episode is the second instance of Marc Antony and Pussyfoot appearing together in a short. In the short, Marc Antony is antagonised by a mouse who tries to use Pussyfoot to transport food, and Marc Antony hides this as his owners are thinking of getting rid of Pussyfoot for not catching mice.

Plot[edit]

After learning that their owner is threatening to throw out Pussyfoot unless they start catching mice, Marc Antony attempts to teach the kitten how to catch a mouse. He pushes Pussyfoot into a mouse hole in an attempt to get them to catch a mouse, but the mouse uses Pussyfoot to pull a cart to move food faster.[2]:1:42 Mark Antony removes them from the cart and then attempts to teach them that cats catch mice by drawing on a blackboard. Upon looking back, he discovers that Pussyfoot is gone and being used to lead the cart again. Mark Antony removes them from the cart once more, and attempts to scare the mouse by putting a Jack-in-the-box in front of the mouse hole and baiting it with cheese, which releases the Jack. The mouse, taking the cheese, passes out upon being scared by the Jack, and is picked up by Mark Antony and placed into Pussyfoot's mouth. Mark Antony positions Pussyfoot's brow downwards to appear angry and rushes to show the owners that they caught the mouse[2]:3:42, but upon returning with his owner, the mouse is using Pussyfoot to lead the cart again.

Before his owner can see this, Mark Antony hides Pussyfoot in the closet, and masks this by doing a dance. Mark Antony goes to fetch Pussyfoot from the closet, but they're gone and heading towards the living room, where the owner is sitting. Marc Antony quickly covers the owners eyes and they briefly guess at who it would be, before discovering his identity and becoming annoyed but Pussyfoot is successfully hidden from view. Pussyfoot is lured into the mouse hole, and the mouse throws a paper plane containing a note to Marc Antony, holding Pussyfoot for ransom.[2]:5:10 Marc Antony is initially dismissive, but then yowling and thumping is heard from the mouse hole, and is, unbeknownst to Marc Antony, revealed to be sounds created by the mouse while Pussyfoot is safely having milk off to the side.

The mouse sends a plane with another threatening letter and Marc Antony begins to quickly take chunks off of a cheese wheel and put them into the mouse hole. Upon the owner coming into the room, Marc Antony quickens his pace until he is stopped. After this, however, Marc Antony has a plan; he retrieves a large magnifying glass from the closet and puts it in front of the mouse hole. He then places Pussyfoot in front of it and once again moves their brow downwards; the enlarged face and expression scares the mouse and his family away, to the owners' delight.[2]:6:18

Production[edit]

A gag in which Pussyfoot kneads Marc Antony's back like a blanket, making Marc Antony make various comical expressions in pain, while not frame-for-frame, is reused from Feed the Kitty (1952).[2]:0:53 [3]:0:52

See also[edit]

  • Marc Antony and Pussyfoot

Citations[edit]

  1. IMDb Cast List
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Kiss Me Cat. Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 1. Disc 2. Episode 22. 15 November 2011. Warner Home Video.
  3. Feed The Kitty. Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 1. Disc 2. Episode 21. 15 November 2011. Warner Home Video.

References[edit]

  • Beck, Jerry and Friedwald, Will (1989): Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Company.

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