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The Cat Came Back

The Cat Came Back (1936) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series The Cat Came Back

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>A Vitaphone Production
  • A Vitaphone Production
  • Animated Characters: Kitten, Mouse, Mama Cat, Mama Mouse.
  • Originally Released in 1936.
  • Production Number: 7138.
    MPAA: 1885
  • Running Time: 8:08 minutes.
  • TechniColor (Two-Strip)
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Release Dates:


  • Feb 8, 1936- Original Release
  • Jul 15, 1944- Blue Ribbon Reissue
  • Jun 5, 1954- Second Blue Ribbon Reissue

Cartoon Production Information:


This is the last WB cartoon in two-hue color until the Technicolor releases of the 1940s. (Disney had exclusive rights to the three-hue Technicolor process through 1935.)

The "mousetrap" sequence, the scene with the toilet plunger and the "eye poking" scenes are frequently edited for television showings.

In September of 1943, beginning with A Feud There Was, Warner Bros. began re-releasing select color cartoons in their Blue Ribbon program. Typically the Blue Ribbon reissues received new opening sequences with Blue Ribbon title cards and standardized music. Cartoon production credits were also removed. Between ten and fifteen cartoons were released in any given year, with cartoons coming from as far back as 1935. The reissues continued until the close of the studio in the 1960's.

All Blue Ribbon cartoons were released as "Merrie Melodie" cartoons regardless of the original series. The first "Looney Tunes" short to be included in the Blue Ribbon series was The Hep Cat, which was added in 1949. The only current prints of many of these cartoons are the Blue Ribbon releases, although restoration of these cartoons with original elements and titles is always ongoing.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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Endearing vignette of the eternal struggle of cat versus mouse. Differences between the doting mothers fall away as they must work together to help the kit and mouse save each other from the swirling cesspool. Lord, I will never forget the debris that...  (read more)

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very charming cartoon--mom mouse teaching little ones that the cat has returned with kittens and showing them how to escape the cats..in the other scene mom cat teaching kittens the same lesson--little kitten & mouse meet and become friends--then all...  (read more)

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