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Mouse Mazurka
Mouse Mazurka
Directed By: Friz Freleng
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: June 11, 1949
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Gerry Chiniquy
Manuel Perez
Ken Champin
Virgil Ross
Pete Burness
Layouts: Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds: Paul Julian
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Sylvester
Mouse
Narrator
Preceded By: Bowery Bugs
Succeeded By: Long-Haired Hare
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Mouse Mazurka (1949)

Mouse Mazurka is a 1949 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng.

Plot

Sylvester the cat lives in the Slobovian Mountains. He chases a mouse with East European music played in the background, and explosives. He tries to catch him and ends crashing into the mouse hole door turning him into a lid. The mouse was inside his mouse hole and Sylvester leaves a cheese in the floor and winds its scent to the mouse hole. The mouse steps out the door and his eye pop out of his face at what he sees and gets it. While distracted Sylvester changes the door lock with another door lock and hides. The mouse notices his door locked and tries to open it with his keys as Sylvester approaches him with the key which can unlock the door and eats it. The mouse grabs a mallet and hits Sylvester's foot, making him open his mouth with the key on his tongue. The mouse grabs the key and unlocks his door and ducks inside, momentarily coming back out to grab his cheese. Sylvester then makes a female puppet with his hand. The mouse sees her and begins dancing with her. Sylvester then attempts to hit him with a mallet. The mouse notices him and commands him to stop and drags the puppet into his mouse hole leaving Sylvester confused. The mouse then discovers the puppet was Sylvester's hand and changes its disguise to look like him. Sylvester notices the mouse puppet coming out and hits it with his mallet and ends up hitting his own hand before chasing the mouse who hides in one of the desk drawers. While Sylvester is looking at the drawer where he jumped, the mouse notices a small bottle of Nitroglycerin. Getting an idea, he empties it and refills it with water. He then gets Sylvester's attention by tossing the bottle in his hand, causing Sylvester to panic and hide inside the drawer. Unbeknownst to the the mouse, he inadvertently tosses the fake Nitroglycerin onto a shelf and a bottle of real Nitroglycerin lands on his hand, which he continues to toss. When Sylvester sticks his head out, the mouse drinks the Nitroglycerin, still thinking it's just water, freaking Sylvester out. The mouse then jumps off the shelf like he's deliberately trying to cause an explosion, and Sylvester catches him on a pillow before lecturing him. The mouse then hits him square in the head with a fireplace poker and a lump forms on top of his head and pops out of his hat. Angrily, Sylvester grabs the fireplace poker and tries to hit the mouse but stops at the last second when he realizes he'll cause an explosion. The mouse then sticks a cigarette in his mouth and lights. Panicking, Sylvester takes the cigarette and stomps it out while the mouse sneaks away. The mouse then dives from the ceiling rafters. Sylvester quickly grabs a baseball glove from a trunk a and catches him before passing out. Awhile later, the mouse hauls a large safe up over him. Sylvester then wakes up and sees him let go of the rope and allow the safe to fall straight down on him, forcing Sylvester to take the hit to prevent the mouse from exploding. Having had enough, Sylvester grabs for the mouse, but he starts jumping, scaring Sylvester. The mouse then starts Russian dancing as Sylvester backs into a corner in panic. Unaware of the danger of actually exploding, the mouse dances wildly before he final explodes, leaving behind a wisp of smoke and a smudge on the floor. The mouse's spirit then finds himself ascending to heaven, much to his surprise. After seeing where he is, he merely shrugs. Back at the house, Sylvester is still looking at the spot where the mouse exploded when the narrator speaks to him, laughing as he tells him he'll never catch the mouse now. Sylvester (In his only line of dialogue) then mocks the narrator's laugh and says; "Nya-ha-ha-ha-ha! That's what you think! Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha!". He then heads to the shelf and grabs another bottle of Nitroglycerin and drinks it before jumping and Russian dancing until he explodes. Back in heaven, the mouse looks on smiling that he's safe until Sylvester's spirit appears beside him, much to his shock. Sylvester then chases the mouse around the clouds as the cartoon irises out.

Availability

UK

  • VHS - The Looney Tunes Video Show - Volume 10

US

Notes

This was the first cartoon to be reissued in the Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies series with the original credits intact. This was also the first to continue the original ending trend until the 1959-64 season, when most of the cartoons reissued during that period used the reissue ending cards.

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1946 Kitty Kornered
1947 Tweetie PieCrowing PainsDoggone CatsCatch as Cats Can
1948 Back Alley OproarI Taw a Putty TatHop, Look and ListenKit For CatScaredy Cat
1949 Mouse MazurkaBad Ol' Putty TatHippety Hopper
1950 Home Tweet HomeThe Scarlet PumpernickelAll a Bir-r-r-dCanary RowStooge for a MousePop 'Im Pop!
1951 Canned FeudPutty Tat TroubleRoom and BirdTweety's S.O.S.Tweet Tweet Tweety
1952 Who's Kitten Who?Gift WrappedLittle Red Rodent HoodAin't She TweetHoppy Go LuckyA Bird in a Guilty CageTree for Two
1953 Snow BusinessA Mouse DividedFowl WeatherTom Tom TomcatA Street Cat Named SylvesterCatty CorneredCats A-weigh!
1954 Dog PoundedBell HoppyDr. Jerkyl's HideClaws for AlarmMuzzle ToughSatan's Waitin'By Word of Mouse
1955 Lighthouse MouseSandy ClawsTweety's CircusJumpin' JupiterClaws for AlarmA Kiddies KittySpeedy GonzalesRed Riding HoodwinkedHeir-ConditionedPappy's Puppy
1956 Too Hop to HandleTweet and SourTree Cornered TweetyThe Unexpected PestTugboat GrannyThe Slap-Hoppy MouseYankee Dood It
1957 Tweet ZooTweety and the BeanstalkBirds AnonymousGreedy For TweetyMouse-Taken IdentityGonzales' Tamales
1958 A Pizza Tweety-PieA Bird in a Bonnet
1959 Trick or TweetTweet and LovelyCat's PawHere Today, Gone TamaleTweet Dreams
1960 West of the PesosGoldimouse and the Three CatsHyde and Go TweetMouse and GardenTrip for Tat
1961 Cannery WoeHoppy DazeBirds of a FatherD' Fightin' OnesThe Rebel Without ClawsThe Pied Piper of GuadalupeThe Last Hungry Cat
1962 Fish and SlipsMexican BoardersThe Jet Cage
1963 Mexican Cat DanceChili WeatherClaws In The Lease
1964 A Message to GraciasFreudy CatNuts and VoltsHawaiian Aye AyeRoad to Andalay
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around The HouseCats and BruisesThe Wild Chase
1966 A Taste of Catnip
1995 Carrotblanca
1997 Father of the Bird
2011 I Tawt I Taw A Putty Tat

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