The first appearance of Claude Cat.
In "The Aristo-Cat" (1943) and "Roughly Squeaking" (1946), Bertie is grey and Hubie is brown.
In "House Hunting Mice" (1947), "Mouse Wreckers" (1949), "The Hypo-Chondri-Cat" (1950) and "Cheese Chasers" (1951), Bertie changes to brown and Hubie is now grey.
In "Trap Happy Porky" (1945), they have silent roles.
The cartoon was loosely remade by Robert McKimson in 1958 as Gopher Broke, and in 1965 as the Tom and Jerry cartoon The Year of the Mouse (also written by Maltese and directed by Jones).
The Blue Ribbon release featured orange rings. This release also features the original title cards and includes credits.
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.
Mouse Wreckers Production Information
Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.
- Apr 23, 1949- Original Release
- Mar 9, 1957- Blue Ribbon Reissue
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