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Punkin' Puss and Mushmouse was yet another Funny Animal cartoon made by Hanna-Barbera. It was also another to feature the ongoing battle between a cat and a mouse. But this time it had some country flavor.

Both live in the stereotypical Hillbilly Hills and the feud plays out as just about anyone would expect. Punkin' Puss and Mushmouse were a segment on The Magilla Gorilla Show.

Compare with The Hillbilly Bears, H-B's other cartoon from The '60s about rural funny animals living in the Hillbilly Hills.


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  • Afraid of Blood: Punkin' Puss in "Small Change" mentions he can't stand the sight of blood, especially his own.
  • Art Evolution: There was some shorts that actually had better animation, take "Army-Nervy Game" for an example.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Seriously, you didn't expect this trope with a hillbilly cat and mouse?
  • Blood Knight: Punkin' Puss. He loves feuding with Mushmouse and literally can't imagine anything more important than their feud.
  • Buffoonish Tom Cat: Punkin' Puss.
  • Cats Are Mean: Punkin' Puss. For the most part he's the instigator of the feud, and in one cartoon he has times set for feuding, although occasionally he has his good points.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: As shown in the page pic, it got one from Gold Key Comics. Despite the series title, the book was called Mushmouse and Punkin Puss.
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  • Commitment Issues: Both our leads. In "Courtin' Disaster", Mushmouse forces Punkin' to surrender, then learns his girlfriend wants to marry him and immediately restarts their feud to avoid it. And in "Catch as Cat Can Day", Punkin' Puss spends the whole episode trying to avoid a hillbilly girl named Susie McStomp, who wants to marry him. Mushmouse prods her on until Hunnybun tries to marry him again, sending them both running.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: It's the Hillbilly hills so yeah.
  • Friendly Enemy: Unlike Tom and Jerry and Pixie, Dixie and Mr. Jinks, this rarely happened in series. Often when a truce is called, it's because both Punkin' Puss and Mushmouse are in danger or forced to a draw.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Mushmouse only wears a hat and an open shirt.
    • Punkin' Puss oddly averts this by wearing a hat, shirt, vest and pants. Just as a hillbilly doesn't wear shoes.
  • Hot-Blooded: Punkin' Puss, the "ornery" one of the pair. He's seen getting into conflict with nearly everyone in the show and is quickly riled up by Mushmouse.
  • I Know Karate: Mushmouse once practiced Judo with a dummy and then tried to fight Punkin Puss and warned him about knowing judo. However, as Punkin Puss explained after defeating Mushmouse, he wasn't a dummy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Both our leads, although Mushmouse's Heart of Gold shows more than Punkin's; Mushmouse helps other people in need (and often involves them in his feud), while Punkin' Puss, for all his talk of stomping Mushmouse, gets emotional in one episode when he's tricked by Mushmouse into thinking he killed him, and can be nice to him on rare occasions.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Punkin' Puss tends to get a lot of this, but Mushmouse isn't immune, especially if he was the outright antagonist.
  • Name and Name: The title.
  • Nice Mice: Mushmouse sometimes, but other times he can be just as antagonistic as Punkin' Puss.
  • Ringer Ploy: Mushmouse does the same thing with all his identical cousins to confound villain Punkin' Puss. Punkin' Puss retaliates by calling in his identical cousins.
  • Talking Animal: Our cast.
  • Three Shorts: Punkin' Puss was the ending segment on Magilla Gorilla.
  • Unexpected Inheritance: Mushmouse inherited one million pounds from a British uncle. Punkin Puss spent most of the episode trying to be on his good graces because of the inheritance until he and Mushmouse learned it consisted not of pounds, as the British currency, but one million pounds of cheese.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: In one episode Mushmouse tries to move on to a more established city cat, but ends up wanting to do his feuding with Ole Punkin' Puss again instead.

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