Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Title: The Owl and the Pussycat
Credits: (none listed on print)
Series: (none listed on print)
Running time (of viewed version): 5:29
Synopsis: Cat named George, tries to marry his ex-girlfriend, an owl, out from under the beak of the milquetoast owl who's trying to get her. He rows away with her to, uh, marriage island, where he totally gets tricked into chasing a mouse so the owls can get married.
Comments: I don't think that title imagery could have existed in 1939... obviously that is from a later time. Second color cartoon of the year; I wouldn't have guessed Terry would have had that honor. Second cat chases a mouse to move the plot along cartoon in a row too. 3 for 5 with cats so far. George sure sounds like Jimmy Durante and shares other traits with Sourpuss. And there's a tiny goose in the inexplicable angry mob who looks a bit like Gandy. At least some sources count this as the first Gandy and Sourpuss cartoon. The BCDB entry for this cartoon claims Farmer Alfalfa is involved; either my copy is deeply clipped or BCDB got it wrong. It is pretty short, but BCDB says the cat should be female... The owls don't seem to be able to fly; a worthwhile tradeoff for sentience. I'm wondering tho if George is uncontrollably attracted to a mouse why the owls wouldn't be too. The cartoon is ugly and muddled looking, but it's pretty well structured. I like George's design, but every other major character looks insufferably intentionally cute. The female is kind of a slut, and she's willing to marry anyone at the drop of a hat apparently (George for his musicianship, the owl for being in the room, apparently). I can't decide if the cartoon has a strong anti-miscegenation message or not. See the screencaps for the Gandy looking goose grabbing what appears to be feces for throwing at George...