[[caption-width-right:300:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztM5NwQfPDg Gin a body, meet a body, coming through the rye...]]]]

->''"One of the most perfect cartoons ever made."''
-->--Creator/ChuckJones, praising his mentor's film.

'''"Bad Luck Blackie"''' was a [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1949]] animated cartoon produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Creator/TexAvery.

The short involves an innocent little kitten being bullied by a cruel bulldog. After enduring his slapstick torment the kitten escapes into an alley, and meets a cigar-smoking alley cat with black fur. The cat offers to protect the kitten by crossing the dog's path and causing him bad luck whenever the kitten blows on a whistle. When the dog manages to thwart the black cat by painting him white, the kitten paints himself black and takes up the act of being bad luck. The rest of the short involves the AmusingInjuries that befall the cruel dog as the kitten uses his newly-found protection to his full advantage.

!! Tropes:

* AmusingInjuries: [[LaserGuidedKarma What the dog suffers for his cruelty]].
* AnnoyingLaugh: The dog has two, [[CreatorCameo provided by]] Creator/TexAvery [[CreatorCameo himself]]. The main one is a goofy belly laugh, but a couple times he also emits a wheezy snicker that predates [[DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Muttley.]] [[spoiler: And at the very end, [[NotSoDifferent the kitten gives the same wheezy snicker.]]]]
* AnvilOnHead: As well as several other heavy things, whenever the black cat crosses the dog's path.
* {{Balloonacy}}: The cat uses a balloon to fly by the dog when he is up on top of a telephone pole (unusually, not accompanied by "Comin' Thro' the Rye", but by Juventino Rosas' "Over the Waves" waltz). What the dog gets after that is a [[CartoonBomb lit bomb]].
* BullyBulldog: He gets his JustDesserts, though.
* ButtMonkey / TheChewToy: The dog, [[LaserGuidedKarma all because of his bullying habits]].
* CartoonBomb: [[BullyBulldog Guess who]] gets to have one blow up [[AshFace in his face]].
* CatsAreMagic: At least when they're black.
* CatsAreMean: Inverted. It's the dog that is. [[spoiler:Though, at the very end, once the kitten becomes the black cat, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters he gives off the same evil laughter as the dog before]].]]
* CatStereotype: It plays around with the idea of the bad-luck black cat.
* CranialEruption
* CuteKitten: {{Ridiculously|CuteCritter}} so, even.
* DashinglyDapperDerby: Or DastardlyDapperDerby, depending on how you look at the black cat.
* {{Determinator}}: Even with his bad luck, that dog just won't quit.
* FlowerPotDrop: A flowerpot is the first thing that falls on the bulldog's head. Larger and more unlikely objects soon follow.
* GoodLuckCharm: Subverted. The dog has a lucky horseshoe for one confrontation, but when he tosses it up in the air, it lands back on his head. [[spoiler: Followed by three more horseshoes. [[SerialEscalation And then the]] ''[[SerialEscalation horse.]]'']]
* IllogicalSafe: Another heavy object that lands on the dog.
* IronButtMonkey: By the end of the short, the dog is still running... away from anything else that tries to fall on top of him.
* {{iSophagus}}: [[spoiler: After the dog swallows the whistle, every time he hiccups, the whistle blows and something falls on him. This sort of breaks the rules that the short had been following in the first place, as now it's the ''whistle'' giving the dog bad luck, but with Avery shorts RuleOfFunny is always being invoked.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: The bulldog.
* TheJinx: The black cat actually uses this to help other cats in need.
* JustWhistle: And the dog will suffer.
* KarmicTrickster: The black cat has apparently made a profession out of this.
* KillerRabbit: When the kitten starts fighting back he becomes one, [[spoiler: especially once he paints himself black.]]
* KitchenSinkIncluded: Because Tex Avery, ''duh''-- although notably the invoking phrase doesn't come up.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The dog deserved every last bit of bad luck that was bestowed upon him.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The [[PublicDomainSoundtrack traditional]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Scottish]] [[PublicDomainSoundtrack folktune]] "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy2vyx_ZZn0 Comin' Thro' the Rye]]" is used to represent the black cat.
* MadeOfIron: The dog. Even with his staggering injury count, he doesn't die in the end (although he probably ''wishes'' he did).
* MyCard: The cat's card reads: "''Black Cat'' Bad Luck Company. Paths crossed -- Guaranteed bad luck"
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler: The cat gives the kitten his bowler hat as a symbol that he's now the new black cat in town.]]
* PunBasedTitle:
** The title was based on ''BostonBlackie'', a popular radio show at the time.
** Early on in the cartoon, the kitten, hiding on a bookshelf, is squashed into book-shape; when the dog pulls the kitten out, we see the title, ''Kitty Foiled'' -- a pun on the popular novel ''Kitty Foyle: The Natural History of a Woman'' by Christopher Morley. Ironically, there was also made a 1948 TomAndJerry cartoon called ''Kitty Foiled'', made a year before this cartoon came out.
* RuleOfFunny: The ending most of all.
* ShadowOfImpendingDoom: Particularly visible at the end.
* ShoutOut:
** The opening shot is a perfect recreation of the opening shot of the first Jasper and Jinx-er, WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry short "WesternAnimation/PussGetsTheBoot."
** Also happens when the dog pushes the books into the kitten - the kitten's newfound cover reads "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitty_Foiled Kitty Foiled]]".
* SuperstitionEpisode: It's a one-shot, but the short is about a kitten who enlists the help of a black cat to give bad luck to the bulldog that kept tormenting it.
* ThatRussianSquatDance: One of the ways Blackie crosses the dog's path (and one of a few times we ''don't'' hear "Comin' Thro' the Rye"; Music/JohannesBrahms' Hungarian Dance No.5 plays instead).