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The Awful Spook

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The Awful Spook
Produced byJ. R. Bray
Animation byLeon Searl
Color processBlack and white
The Bray Studios
Distributed byFamous Players-Lasky Corporation
Release date
January 21, 1921[1]
Running time

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The Awful Spook is a silent short animated film created by the Bray Studio, featuring Krazy Kat.[2]


Krazy is sitting on the slope of a hill until he is approached and greeted by a husky carrying a bowling ball. The husky asks Krazy to deliver the bowling ball to a terrier who is the husky's friend. The husky also tells Krazy that the terrier will pay him 5 cents for the delivery. Krazy accepts the request, and takes the ball.

On his journey to delivering to the terrier, Krazy carries the bowling ball on his head. While still on the slope, Krazy walks by a tree with a spider web on the branch. When the spider lowers right in front of his face, Krazy is startled and drops the ball which begins rolling away. The bowling ball rolls toward a pond where it breaks down a vertical log where a mongoose is sitting on. Both the mongoose and the ball drop into the pond as a result. When the bowling ball and the mongoose surface from the water, the mongoose mistakes the ball for a monster, and frantically runs away. Momentarily, Krazy arrives at the pond to retrieve the bowling ball.

The scene shifts to the mongoose who is in another place outdoors, standing in front of a picket fence. Just then, Krazy, with the bowling ball on top, comes by the other side of the fence. Because the fence is as tall as the cat, and the bowling ball is sticking above, the mongoose notices this and thought what he thinks is a monster is after him. Once more the mongoose resumes running.

The mongoose comes to the terrier's home to tell the resident about something scary going on. But the terrier calmly tells him that there is no such thing around. Moments later, Krazy also arrives. Krazy finally hands the bowling ball to the terrier who in turn pays the cat as promised. Ultimately realizing that his monster is merely the ball, the mongoose is annoyed and heads to the back of the terrier's home to plot something devious. The mongoose finds a block of granite, and aims to throw it at Krazy. But before he could do so, an overweight security guard notices, confronts, and asks him if he intends to do anything malicious with the block. Although the mongoose denies the suspicion, the guard confiscates the block, and tosses it upwards. But the airborne block still finds it way onto Krazy's head, knocking the cat off balance. Krazy even hallucinates, seeing a wallaby with wings.


Some scholars consider the Bray Krazy short films, such as this one, as the most faithful to the character.[1]

Home media[edit]

The short film was released in a video compilation called George Herriman's Kinomatic Krazy Kat Kartoon Klassics.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 http://brayanimation.weebly.com/krazy-kat.html
  2. Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 34–35. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. https://www.amazon.com/George-Herrimans-KINOMATIC-KARTOON-KLASSICS/dp/B0006VMS5S

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