Cat Feud (1958)

Cat Feud (1958)
Article 5762 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 5-7-2020
Directed by Chuck Jones
Featuring the voice of Mel Blanc
Country: USA
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.

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