Release date: February 8, 1936.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Supervision: Friz Freleng.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Starring: Bernice Hansen (Kitten).
Musical Score: Norman Spencer.
Animation: Bob McKimson and Ben Clopton.
Sound: Treg Brown (uncredited).
Okay - I'm certain that this is the last 2-strip Technicolor cartoon made by WB until Cinecolor returns in the 1940s'.
The mother cat is sitting on her easy rocking chair doing some knitting. She is also watching her kittens play sensibly as they are playing along. So it's a pretty easy life for being a cat family - or is it?
Meanwhile the mother cat is also teaching her kittens on how to catch a mouse even having to smack her kitten on the head to "pay attention". Okay; the mother cat has a more annoying voice than the mother mouse. She then starts to encourage one of the kittens to run over and try to attack a mouse that looks more like a punching bag. The mother cat then shouts "Next" in which a black cat runs into the punching bag and hits himself on the head feeling rather weary. Looks like the mother feline is teaching her kits an educated lesson on how to catch a mouse. If you compare the lessons between the cat and mouse - it's basically brain vs. brawl.
Meanwhile the mother mouse is teaching her mice on how to escape from a cat chasing after a mouse by using a broom to demonstrate the cat's claw. The mouse's aim is to run into the mouse-hole for safety (But aren't they already in the mouse-hole - and how come the mouse-hole looks too small for the mother mouse to EVEN fit in? The mother mouse continues to use more examples and demonstrations on how to avoid the cat's claw - also to return to safety on time.
The next sequence we come back to the mother cat who is teaching her kittens to chase after a mouse with a toy mouse to chase after it. There is a black kitten who is asked to go "get it" in which there is a small chase sequence which is hopeless for the kitten. The kitten finally grabs it but gets attacks by the nuts; tools inside the toy mouse.
As the story finally gets going after these repetitive sequences of education sequences on how to survive or catch. A rather bored mouse then leaves the group to walk past the mouse-hole which would be dangerous. The black and white kitten then does the same thing and exits the mouse-hole which appears to be big enough for a cat to get out easily.
They are both looking at each eye to eye as though they're trying to top each other with dirty looks. Hang on a minute; WHY the hell is the mouse almost the exact same height at the kitten. MICE ain't even THAT big. What horrible designs through the character's heights - it looks very unrealistic that way. The mother mouse then looks out of the scene in which she screams of the fact that there is a kitten. The mother then grabs the mouse in which she tells off the kitten in a really fast voice. Even when I notice it now the mother mouse looks MUCH taller to be a basement mouse which stumps me. The mother mouse then continues to tell off the cat in which she takes the little mouse back into the mouse-hole. When the mother walks back into the mouse-hole she appears to be in a small enough size to walk in! My god; how did the size of the characters WORK in this cartoon.
The kitten runs up to a concerned mother. The kitten is also talking in an extremely high-pitch voice in which most of us can understand (unless it was heard in slow motion). But we can make out at least what the child is saying as he mentions "he did nothing" and talks out being assaulted by the mother mouse of being kicked in the rear end. The mother hears about the news from her child in which she plans to march on right up to the mother to give her a "talk" by responding "She did?"
The mother cat is extremely shocked that the cat had been interacting with another mouse in which she takes him by the hand away from the mouse-hole and back home for a punishment. The kitten is sitting down on some small piece of cardboard box being put into isolation - rather bored. The mouse then approaches the scene whispering to the cat's ears for attention to "come here". The kitten quietly exits the scene.
Well the cat and the mouse are dancing - and at least it's not watching the same old dancing routine that we've seen in these cartoons. They both continue to dance to the music until the cat falls down the manhole (don't forget this IS the basement you know). Well that was a rotten trick; the cat falling down the basement even though it was no trick but an accident.
The mother cat steps out of the mouse hole in which she screams since she was probably looking for her kitten. She looks down the drain in which she almost faints since her child is in danger and is close to being sucked up by the sewage. The mouse then decides to make a jump for it by jumping down the man hole by risking his life to save the kitten's life. The mother mouse then steps out of the scene with the same reactions as the mother cat. The mother mouse grabs out a plunger to try and suck her child out but that obviously fails. They both continue to wonder around still worrying - ahh; typical mothers.
The mouse then starts to climb aboard a guitar for safety in which the mouse won't be able to be in danger. The mouse then starts to grab out a paddle in which he uses it as a rowing boat - well; I don't see how THAT'S going to get him any faster but wants the kitten to climb aboard safely too.
The mouse then continues to try and take his time saving the kitten but does so in which the kitten is holding onto the mouse's tale (as the mouse is about to reach the surface). The kitten then gets caught up in tangles which would've been a funny gag but very slow paced in which you can't see it very well to understand it. The stick that then sends them to the surface forms into a helicopter (via mouse's tail). They both then land onto the ground safely.
The mothers then rush into the scene in which they start to barge into each other to hug their children. Instead they find that they've kissed the wrong child by mistake in which the mother mouse has the kitten and vice versa for the mother cat. They then correct the same children before they can kiss them as part of reunion.
The mother cat and mouse are looking at each other in which they're proud of their children. BUT; the mother cat recalls that earlier on in the sequence when the mother mouse whacked her in the eyes with her fingers. So the mother cat wants retaliation towards the mother in which she has already vowed for revenge. The mother cat does the same action in which the mothers then start to go into a fight. The kittens and mice are obviously influenced by their behaviour in which they start to fight one another.