A CAT’S TALE (1951)
aka The Cat’s Tale
Article 4586 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Mannie Davis
Voice cast unknown
What it is: Mighty Mouse cartoon
A nervous cat, scared of mice and with a bad smoking habit, tells us the reason for his fear.
I’m not surprised there was one of these floating around somewhere, but I suppose it was inevitable; it’s a Mighty Mouse origin story. As a baby he’s left on the doorstep of an old mouse couple by a shadowy figure who may be a witch of some sort; the cartoon never clarifies this exactly, but from the looks of that green, wrinkled hand, that’s my guess. It turns out that the mouse has super powers, and soon becomes the terror of all the cats. From there, it veers into typical Mighty Mouse territory; the cats find a giant cat to do away with Mighty Mouse, and the cartoon mostly follows their battle. Despite its status as an origin story, this is pretty run-of-the-mill stuff; neither the origin story nor the final battle are of much interest. For the record, this one lacks the operetta trappings of some of the more fun Mighty Mouse cartoons.