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Mouse-Taken Identity is a 1957 Merrie Melodies short directed by Robert McKimson.

Plot

Sylvester checks in to work at a museum with his son Junior. He is bragging about his mouse-catching prowess, when the baby kangaroo, Hippety Hopper, having escaped from the zoo, turns up in the museum. Sylvester and Junior mistake Hippety for a giant mouse and chase him around the exhibits, trying to kill him, resulting in humiliating executions for both cats, with Junior often embarrassed at his father's failures.

Availability

Streaming

Censorship

  • When this cartoon aired on ABC's The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show, the scene of Sylvester getting caught in the lion's head and Sylvester, Jr. blasting him in the rear end with a gun to get him out was cut. Also cut was Sylvester chasing Hippety Hopper around an American Indian display because it showed Sylvester dressed as an Indian and whooping before getting scalped. Curiously, the American Indian display scene was not censored on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Boomerang, all of which have a history of censoring and banning cartoons due to Native American stereotypes.
  • While Nickelodeon didn't censor the scene of Sylvester chasing Hippety Hopper around the American Indian display, they did cut the part where Sylvester Jr. uses a rifle to blast Sylvester in the rear after he gets stuck in the lion's head due to concerns over showing a child character with a gun.
  • The recent version shown on MeTV left in the part where Sylvester Jr. shoots Sylvester out of the lion's head in an attempt to rescue him, but cut the part where Sylvester chases Hippety Hopper around the American Indian section of the museum. The difference between ABC's cut and MeTV's cut is that MeTV left in the part where Sylvester shows his son that he had been scalped, which made for an obvious plot hole, while ABC cut the entire part, including the scalping part.

Notes

  • MeTV aired this short 17 August 2021 on Toon In with Me, however, this airing appears unrestored.

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