Wednesday, June 15, 2011
1943 Number: 063
Title: The Aristo-Cat
Studio: Warner Bros.
Credits: (None in the reissue, but this is a Chuck Jones cartoon, and there's an animaiton credit for Rudy Larriva for this, I see at the BCDB, and backgrounds by John McGrew, according to the Greg Ford commentary)
Series: Merrie Melodies (on a Blue Ribbon reissue)
Running time (of viewed version): 7:17
Commercial DVD Availability: LTGCv4d4 , Looney Tunes the Chuck Jones Collection Mouse [Blu-ray]
Synopsis: Cat alienates human caretaker, investigates the natural order.
Comments: Human legs opening. Tasty looking grapefruit. We lose the "humans don't have heads or faces" thing tho (in a pair of related shots; it hardly seems worth the joke to break that wall). Someone was in live with patterns. Cool shot of the staircase where the steps are only defined by the color differentiations on the side. Hubie and Bert are the mice. Nice finger toes on the cat. And then it was all a dream, like Newhart... There are two commentaries on the LTGC version, one with Eddie Fitzgerald, and one with Greg Ford and clips of Chuck Jones.
You can see Chuck Jones: Conversations p107+ talking about this in 1972 (appearing in Film Comment Jan/Feb 1975). Note the text differs from the audio clip, but seems likely to ultimately be the same source. Presumably the full transcripts were sent to Jones for editing for the article:
Amid Amidi's Cartoon Modern (p15-16, no thanks to Google Book's formatting; I had to look at the actual book for the numbers) also discusses this cartoon: