Cat Feud
Directed byChuck Jones
Story byMichael Maltese
Produced byJohn W. Burton
StarringMel Blanc
Music byMilt Franklyn
Animation byAbe Levitow
Richard Thompson
Ken Harris
Ben Washam
Harry Love
Layouts byMaurice Noble
Backgrounds byPhilip DeGuard
Color processTechnicolor
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
December 20, 1958
Running time
6 min.
LanguageEnglish

Cat Feud is a 1958 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies animated short film directed by Chuck Jones.[1] The cartoon was released on December 20, 1958, and features Marc Antony and Pussyfoot.[2]

In this short, Marc Antony is grey, whereas in previous shorts he was brown.

Plot

Marc Antony is guarding a construction site when he spots a moving paper bag and begins barking at it. Pussyfoot comes out of the bag, and he barks at her. However, she is not afraid, believing that the dog is her friend. In reaction, Marc Antony's emotions soften. Before returning to guard duty, he leaves Pussyfoot a sausage for her to snack on and she gratefully kisses him. However, trouble is ahead, thanks to a hungry alley cat who has seen the sausage and wants it for himself.

Seeing the struggle, Marc Antony catches on and beats up the cat. Then it becomes a cat and mouse game between the two as Marc Antony does all he can to protect Pussyfoot and the sausage he gave her from the cat. The final confrontation ends with the cat stuck below on a magnet in a bucket, while Marc Antony endures brief pain and barks out "Rock-a-bye Baby" as Pussyfoot makes herself comfortable before falling asleep. Relieved, the bulldog likewise falls asleep himself.

Censorship

The original version of the cartoon showed a car driving by the construction site and throwing the bag out, which landed in the trash can (thus explaining why Pussyfoot was in both the bag and the trash can in the first place). This scene has been cut from all versions of the cartoon since the late 1980s.

Home media

This cartoon is featured on Disc 4 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 4.

References

  1. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 312. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 102. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.