History WesternAnimation / TheCatCameBack

26th Apr '17 12:47:11 PM NWolfman
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''The Cat Came Back'' is a 1988 [[AnimatedFilms Animated Short]] set to the tune of the 1893 comic song "The Cat Came Back", illustrating [[TheCatCameBack that trope]]. The short, directed by Creator/CordellBarker for Richard Condie and the NationalFilmBoardOfCanada, features the hapless "Old Mr. Johnson" and his [[SerialEscalation escalating]] but fruitless attempts to rid himself of a cat.

This cartoon was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Animated Short, as well as winning over a dozen other awards.

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''The Cat Came Back'' is a 1988 [[AnimatedFilms Animated Short]] set to the tune of the 1893 comic song "The Cat Came Back", illustrating [[TheCatCameBack that trope]]. The short, directed by Creator/CordellBarker Cordell Barker for Richard Condie and the NationalFilmBoardOfCanada, features the hapless "Old Mr. Johnson" and his [[SerialEscalation escalating]] but fruitless attempts to rid himself of a cat.

This cartoon It was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Animated Short, as well as winning over a dozen other awards.
Short and has gone on to win dozens more. It's presently the most recent entry on The50GreatestCartoons.
12th Apr '17 5:53:23 PM jamespolk
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* TheFilmOfTheSong: That song that plays over the short? It dates back to 1893!
15th Mar '17 6:23:39 PM Skylite
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* LightEqualsHope: Old Mister Johnson take a railway handcar into the Canadian mountains in an effort to abandon a troublesome cat. He derails at one point, and tumbles down a mine's air shaft into utter darkness. PlayedForLaughs as he lights a match to assess his situation, and sees hundreds of rats staring back at him. One rat blows out the match, just before a GoryDiscretionShot. The man survives, though thoroughly nibbled.
6th Nov '16 7:14:25 PM Eddy1215
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* SanitySlippage: As his attempts to get rid of the cat fail, Mr. Johnson continually grows insane, culminating with him ''trying to blow the little curse up!''
30th Sep '16 4:19:53 PM Ireth
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* MatchlightDangerRevelation: In the mine. Unhelpfully blown out by the aforesaid danger. This was made apparent by the sounds of its insides spill across the floor.
* MementoMacguffin: Johnson's original reason for throwing the cat out was because it broke the rattle he had since he was a child.

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* MatchlightDangerRevelation: In the mine. Unhelpfully blown out by the aforesaid danger. This was made apparent by the sounds of its insides spill across the floor.
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* MementoMacguffin: Johnson's original reason for throwing the cat out was because it broke the rattle he had since he was a child. This was made apparent by the sounds of its insides spill across the floor.
31st Jul '16 1:30:22 PM Morgenthaler
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* GhostReunionEnding: After numerous attempts to dispose of an unwanted cat, the NoNameGiven man fills his house with explosives, then sets them off, killing himself in the process. His ghost returns to laugh at the cat, which can no longer torment him ... until his dead body falls on the cat, killing it. Nine numbered feline ghosts appear, and chase the man's ghost, screaming in horror, into the sky.
12th Jul '16 9:17:59 PM Mdumas43073
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'''''The Cat Came Back''''' is a 1988 [[AnimatedFilms Animated Short]] set to the tune of the 1893 comic song "The Cat Came Back", illustrating [[TheCatCameBack that trope]]. The short, directed by Creator/CordellBarker for Richard Condie and the NationalFilmBoardOfCanada, features the hapless "Old Mr. Johnson" and his [[SerialEscalation escalating]] but fruitless attempts to rid himself of a cat.

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'''''The ''The Cat Came Back''''' Back'' is a 1988 [[AnimatedFilms Animated Short]] set to the tune of the 1893 comic song "The Cat Came Back", illustrating [[TheCatCameBack that trope]]. The short, directed by Creator/CordellBarker for Richard Condie and the NationalFilmBoardOfCanada, features the hapless "Old Mr. Johnson" and his [[SerialEscalation escalating]] but fruitless attempts to rid himself of a cat.


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19th May '16 5:10:27 PM mlsmithca
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* PrecisionFStrike: Mr. Johnson comes very close to delivering one when he approaches the cow tied to the railway track and exclaims "What the ffffffffff.....?" Doubles as GettingCrapPastTheRadar because this is an NFB cartoon, after all.

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* PrecisionFStrike: Mr. Johnson comes very close to delivering one when he approaches the cow tied to the railway track and exclaims "What the ffffffffff.....ffff...?" Doubles as GettingCrapPastTheRadar because this is an NFB cartoon, after all.
1st May '16 2:18:49 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* DisproportionateRetribution:
** At first. Mr. Johnson initially wants to get rid of the cat because it knocked a baby rattle out of his hand (like that ''wouldn't'' happen when playing with a cat?). His efforts become a bit more understandable as the cat becomes more destructive - though considering how the cat didn't really do anything legitimately bad before being tossed out, [[FridgeBrilliance it's possible that it is getting some retribution of its own in its actions, resulting in an escalating cycle between the two participants]].
** His initial reason for wanting to get rid of the cat may be justified, at least to him; it's implied that the baby rattle was a keepsake from Mr. Johnson's own babyhood and was therefore sentimentally valuable to him. Judging by the sound it made when it hit the floor, and his horrified reaction, it ''broke''.

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* DisproportionateRetribution:
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DisproportionateRetribution: At first. Mr. Johnson initially wants to get rid of the cat because it knocked a baby rattle out of his hand (like that ''wouldn't'' happen when playing with a cat?). His efforts become a bit more understandable as the cat becomes more destructive - though considering how the cat didn't really do anything legitimately bad before being tossed out, [[FridgeBrilliance it's possible that it is getting some retribution of its own in its actions, resulting in an escalating cycle between the two participants]].
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participants]]. However, his initial reason for wanting to get rid of the cat may be justified, at least to him; him, in that it's implied that the baby rattle was a keepsake from Mr. Johnson's own babyhood and was therefore sentimentally valuable to him. Judging by the sound it made when it hit the floor, and his horrified reaction, it ''broke''.
30th Apr '16 11:06:21 PM mlsmithca
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* CurseCutShort: When Mr. Johnson sees the cow (''see above''), he blurts out, "What the fff----?"

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* CurseCutShort: When Mr. Johnson sees the cow (''see above''), tied to the railway tracks, he blurts out, "What the fff----?"fff--?"



* DerangedAnimation: Especially during the scenes where Mr. Johnson starts to go insane when he tried to get rid of the Cat in many hilarious and crazy ways.
* DisproportionateRetribution: At first. Mr. Johnson initially wants to get rid of the cat because it knocked a baby rattle out of his hand (like that ''wouldn't'' happen when playing with a cat?). His efforts become a bit more understandable as the cat becomes more destructive - though considering how the cat didn't really do anything legitimately bad before being tossed out, [[FridgeBrilliance it's possible that it is getting some retribution of its own in its actions, resulting in an escalating cycle between the two participants]].

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* DerangedAnimation: Especially during the scenes where Mr. Johnson starts to go insane when he tried tries to get rid of the Cat in many hilarious and crazy ways.
* DisproportionateRetribution: DisproportionateRetribution:
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At first. Mr. Johnson initially wants to get rid of the cat because it knocked a baby rattle out of his hand (like that ''wouldn't'' happen when playing with a cat?). His efforts become a bit more understandable as the cat becomes more destructive - though considering how the cat didn't really do anything legitimately bad before being tossed out, [[FridgeBrilliance it's possible that it is getting some retribution of its own in its actions, resulting in an escalating cycle between the two participants]].



** Actually, the cat just bats lightly at Johnson's hand holding the rattle, causing him to drop it. It was at least as much Johnson's fault as it was the cat's.



->''But {{the cat came back}}, the very next day...''

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->''But {{the cat came back}}, TheCatCameBack, the very next day...''
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