Cat Feud (1958)
Article 5762 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Chuck Jones
Featuring the voice of Mel Blanc
What it is: Looney Tunes cartoon
While on guard at a construction site, bulldog Marc Anthony ends up befriending a little kitten and gives the little guy a sausage. When a mangy alley cat tries to steal the sausage, Marc Anthony has his paws full trying to prevent him.
On my own judgment, I probably wouldn’t have covered this cartoon; outside of anthropomorphic animals, there is no real fantastic content here. Even the anthropomorphism is on the lighter side; none of the animals speak, and outside of occasionally standing on their hind legs and operating machinery, they’re more animal than human. However, I once again bow to its listing in the Walt Lee guide, and review it.
This one is something of a sequel to one of Chuck Jones’ finest cartoons, FEED THE KITTY, a cartoon that manages to be utterly hilarious and completely heartbreaking at the same time. In comparison, this one falls short; it borrows a couple of elements of FEED THE KITTY, but here the focus is on a slapstick duel between Marc Anthony the bulldog and Claude the Cat, and it’s obviously just going for laughs. Some sequences are pretty funny; they have a lot of fun with the giant overhead magnet, and the moment Claude gets beaned by a girder and mistakes it for an attack from the kitten is memorable. Nevertheless, this one is more standard issue from the company and nothing special.
Marc Antony and Pussyfoot first appeared in “Feed the Kitty” from 1952, then “Kiss Me Cat” from ’53, then “Feline Frame-Up” (first with Claude Cat) from ’54. “Cat Feud” was their last.
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