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The Mouse-Merized Cat is a 1946 Merrie Melodies short directed by Robert McKimson.

Plot

Babbit hypnotizes Catstello who refuses but fails and finds himself acting like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Rochester, and then a chicken, and a dog. Babbit hypnotizes him back, but Castello decides to hypnotize both of them into a cowboy and a horse, so he can enjoy their house in peace.

Caricatures

Availability

Streaming

Censorship

  • The WB shortened the scene of Babbit trying to hypnotize Catstello so the viewers couldn't see Babbit slapping Catstello in the face several times.[citation needed]
  • Cartoon Network, Boomerang and The WB cut the scene of Babbit hypnotizing Catstello to act like Rochester receiving a telephone call from Jack Benny.[2] Cartoon Network USA initially aired this short uncut in the early-to-mid-1990s.[3] In the late-1990s, this scene was cut.[4] During the 2009 New Year's Day Looney Toonormous Marathon, Cartoon Network USA aired this scene uncensored. Whether this was a mistake or a sign that their censors were allowing objectionable content isn't known.[5][6]
    • While this Rochester scene is usually censored on Cartoon Network/Boomerang USA, international Cartoon Network/Boomerang feeds keep this scene uncut.[7]

Notes

  • Much like Frank Tashlin's "Tale of Two Mice" (1945), in this cartoon both Babbit and Catstello are recast as mice wanting to get cheese while avoiding a cat, and has Catstello turning against Babbit in the end.
  • Because the short credits Warner Bros. on Blue Ribbon re-release, the original closing title card was kept.
  • Although the original titles exist, the Blue Ribbon reissue titles were restored on HBO Max instead.
  • The audio of Catstello's Jimmy Durante impression is taken from "Swooner Crooner".

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