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The Haunted Mouse (1941)

A hungry cat makes his way into a ghost town and finds nothing but a spectral mouse.


Tex Avery (as Fred Avery)


Michael Maltese (story) (as Michael Malteze)


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Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Cat (voice) (uncredited)
Walter Tetley Walter Tetley ... Mouse (voice) (uncredited)


A starving cat wandering in the wilderness sees a sign that says, "Ma's Place/Home Cooking/3 Miles." The cat speeds into town, without noticing the sign that says, "Ghost Town / Population 100 Ghosts." One of these ghosts is a mouse eager to get revenge on cats for having tormented him in life. The dopey cat makes for a perfect scapegoat, and the ghost mouse immediately sets out to harass the hungry kitty. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

15 February 1941 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Cat: Oh, boy! Oh, boy! Oh, boy! Oh, boy! Food!
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References Blondie (1938) See more »


Puddin' Head Jones
Music by Lou Handman
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Seeing this in the original black and white is best.
25 November 2002 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

While I have not seen a colorized version of this, I understand one does exist. But I hope never to see a colorized version of this, as I would never want to see The Skeleton Dance colorized and for the same reason: the cartoons make excellent use of shadows, light and dark contrasts and visuals which would be severely weakened or destroyed outright by the use of color. The spooky atmosphere of this cartoon makes black and white a perfect fit and Tex Avery and his team use this remarkably well. This excellent, if under-rated and somewhat unjustly overlooked, short deserves more attention than it seems to have gotten. While cartoons like The Skeleton Dance have clearly set the bar high for cartoons that venture into the spooky corners, cartoons like The Haunted Mouse deserve notice. This is a Tex Avery cartoon and as such is very funny, as well as technically interesting, if hardly novel by 1941. Well worth watching, in black and white. Recommended.

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