Everything about fictional cats

    Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot

  • Feed the Kitty, Kiss me Cat, Feline Frame-up and Cat Feud
  • Score: 🐱🐱🐱
  • Type: Cartoon series
  • Duration: 6-7 minutes
  • Release date: 1952, 1953, 1954 and 1958
  • Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family
  • Cats Spotlight: Claude Cat and Pussyfoot

Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot are characters from Warner Bros. that appeared in 4 short movies between 1952 and 1958 (they also made cameo appearances in other series but I will limit here to the series where they are the protagonists). The movies are different but the stories always involve Marc Anthony, who is a big brown bulldog protecting and being affectionate to Pussyfoot, a small black and white kitten.

A little parenthesis here: I didn't know about Marc Anthony before looking for and watching these shorts (I probably could have watched this on TV as a kid but I can't remember), but Pussyfoot is a common stationery character here where I live (I don't know if she is like that in USA). So I was pretty surprised to find out that she had her own animation series but at the same time I am disappointed that this duo didn't appear in a TV series or full length film.

Anyway, back to the main topic. Since the movies feature the same characters, similar story and are short movies I'll talk about them in this same section.

n the first short, Feed the Kitty (which is pictured here), Marc Anthony finds Pussyfoot in his yard and tries to scare her off but she wasn't scared of him and instead he ends up loving her (who wouldn't?) and brings her home as a pet. The whole short is about Marc Anthony trying to hide the cat from his owner who is tired of tidying up his messes at the house. In my opinion this short is the most charming of the 4 and also my favourite, so I wholeheartedly recommend it.

The second short, Kiss me Cat, is about Marc Anthony trying to prove to his owner that Pussyfoot can hunt a mouse so that she can stay in the house. Even though I disagree that kittens can't hunt just because they are cute (these people never saw a tiny angry furry thing) it has some pretty fun scenes.

The third short, Feline Frame-up, features another Warner's character, Claude the cat. I'm gonna straight up say that I didn't like this short at all and is pretty stupid (Tom and Jerry's level of stupidness). In this series I think that Claude also belongs to the human couple, alongside Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot, because the episode begins with Claude kicking Pussyfoot off her bed and the rest of the film is about Marc Anthony trying to avenge Pussyfoot/deliberately hurting him. Did Claude was being a jerk kicking Pussyfoot off her pillow? Yes, but does this justify the gratuitous cartoon violence toward cats? No. Anyone who owns more than one cat knows that they can fight a lot, especially because of sleeping places, but it's like a sibling fight and Marc Anthony fighting back to Claude would be the same as a mom hurting one of her kids because they fought. So I wouldn't recommend this short.

The fourth short, Cat Feud, has Hector the Bulldog instead of Marc Anthony and Claude the Cat. The story is a mix of the 1st and 3rd shorts, it starts with Hector finding Pussyfoot in a construction site (I assume he is a guard dog), trying to scare her, loving her and protecting her. Then appears Claude, this time as a hungry stray cat, that tries to steal Pussyfoot's lunch and as, you probably guessed, Hector assaults him. I don't have much more to say about this short than that I didn't like and wouldn't recommend it.

Overall the pair Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot is great (it was even referenced in the Pixar's Monsters SA movie), the art is beautiful as expected of the era and the OST is ok-ish but I have to wonder what the hell is wrong with these animators for enjoying a cat being assaulted on TV. So, do yourself a favour and watch only the first two shorts.

Note: Marc Anthony also appears alone in one short and both make cameo appearances in other shows but my point here is cats as main characters so I didn't cover these.

    Three Orphan Kittens

  • Três Gatinhos Órfãos
  • Score: 🐱🐱
  • Type: Cartoon episode
  • Duration: 9 minutes
  • Release date: 1935
  • Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family, Musical
  • Cats Spotlight: The three kittens ofc

This short movie is part of Disney's Silly Symphony, which is a series of short animation movies each featuring charming music (the title is pretty much self-explanatory). Since this movie is only 7 minutes long there isn't much to review without spoiling everything, but I'll try.

The story is about three little kittens that were abandoned in a snowy night right in front of someone's lawn, then they managed to get inside the house without anyone noticing and do what every kitten knows best, wreak havoc! Despite this stupid beginning the kittens have an almost happy end, the OST is pretty good and the kittens are cute, but I recommend it? No, I'm pretty sensitive when it comes to portrayal of cats in the media so if a cat is hurt/mistreated I don't like it and even though it's mild I didn't like some stuff that happened on this short. So, I'd only recommend it for completion purposes.