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Cats and Bruises (1965)

Sylvester Cat intrudes on Speedy Gonzales' Cinco De Mayo celebration, starting a chase that ends in disaster.


Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt (co-director)


John W. Dunn (story) (as John Dunn)


Mel Blanc


Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Speedy Gonzales / Sylvester / Mice (voice)




Cinco de Mayo. The mice are dancing. Sylvester puts on a pair of mouse ears and tries to join in, but Speedy sees through the disguise. He lures Sylvester away from the other mice, and ducks inside a dog pound. Sylvester follows, then quickly escapes, but Speedy "yee-hah"s him back inside. He escapes again and tries to bash Speedy with a piece of pipe. He quickly tires. Speedy comes back, and Sylvester nets him; Speedy pulls him up stairs, and into a telephone pole. Speedy is canoeing with his sweety. Sylvester tries to catch up in a raft, but Speedy throws a dart. Speedy is serenading his sweety in a high window; Sylvster sends himself up with a seesaw and grabs Speedy, but the weight hits Sylvester in the head. Sylvester builds a rocket go-kart; Speedy stops, and Sylvester keeps going, off a cliff and into a lake; after some time underwater, the car propels Sylvester way off. The fiesta resumes, and Sylvester shows up in a wheelchair. Speedy walks off; "this is the only way to run." Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Average characters doing reasonable jokes
1 November 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Sylvester interrupts a mouse gathering and sets out to catch Speedy Gonzales. However he must devise several plans to try and match his speed and catch him.

I'm not a big fan of Speedy Gonzales. I always prefer the characters (or double acts) where their character is as much a part of them as their physical abilities. With Speedy I've always felt that a mock-Mexican accent and the ability to run fast does not a character make. We already have Road Runner that can do that and he works because his double act is so strong! As with many of Speedy Gonzales' cartoons, the animation is the thing that gets me - just because the film is set in a poor Mexican town doesn't mean it should look so very bland and basic.

The animation here is not as bad as I've seen it but the backgrounds lack care and, unfortunately, this lack of attention to detail also carries over into Sylvester's animation and he looks pretty ropy at times. Even his voice sounds different and lacking in effort. Other than this, it does look better than it has in other Gonzales cartoons but it's far from WB's best efforts.

The jokes are OK but are basically just smaller scale version of Road Runner jokes. As such, Sylvester is nowhere near the tragic figure of the Coyote and Gonzales is a very very poor man's version of Road Runner. Where those benefited from exaggeration and imagination, this cartoon simply treads well worn paths to no great effect.

Overall this is an OK film if you like Gonzales. Fans of Sylvester will be upset to see and hear the shoddy word done on his animation and his character, but there are just about enough laughs here to justify the watching.

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30 January 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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