The Cat Came Back
The Cat Came Back
Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: February 8, 1936
Series: Merrie Melodies
Animation: Ben Clopton
Bob McKimson
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Berneice Hansell
Music: Norman Spencer
Preceded By: The Phantom Ship
Succeeded By: Boom Boom
The Cat Came Back Vimeo (Dubbed Version US)

The Cat Came Back Vimeo (Dubbed Version US)

The Cat Came Back is a 1936 Merrie Melodies cartoon short directed by Friz Freleng. It was the final Warner Bros. cartoon to be produced in two-strip Technicolor, but was reissued in 3-strip color.


A curious kitten leaves her family to play with an equally curious little mouse from across the hall, despite both being told by their mothers how bad the other's family is. Mama Mouse warns her kids to stay away from cats, while Mama Cat tells her kids to attack all mice. The kitten and mouse sneak out of their lessons and listen to some records together as an excuse to get in some hot 1930s tunes and dance around. While dancing, they accidentally fall down a drain into the sewer. The little kitten is saved by the little mouse. The two mothers get together to rejoice, but old feuds are not so easily forgotten, and the cat and mice families start to fight again.



  • When this cartoon aired on syndication for television showings, the mousetrap sequence, as well as the scene with the toilet plunger and the eye poking sequence are cut.[1] Airings of this cartoon on Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TBS and TNT however are uncut.


This cartoon was reissued twice as a Blue Ribbon Merrie Melody. The first reissue occurred on July 15, 1944 during the 1943-44 season (evident from the style opening Color Rings used: blue rings with a red background). The second reissue takes place on June 5, 1954 during the 1953-54 season (evident from the style opening rings used: orange rings with a blue background).

The original ending card used for the 1953-1954 Blue Ribbon reissue was a static end card.

Status of titles

  • The AAP print is out of circulation due to the dubbed version being released on LaserDisc.  The original BR end titles are technically "lost", due to 1995 dubbed ending card on the USA print although at least the EU has the original BR ending card (with the dubbed notice added). The AAP print, however, is shown in CN Latin America.
  • The US dubbed version has the 1947-48 card.