"The Hypo-Chondri-Cat" (1950) Breakdown Thread

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"The Hypo-Chondri-Cat" (1950) Breakdown Thread

Postby Lee Glover » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:09 pm

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Director: Charles M. Jones
Story: Michael Maltese
Animation: Ben Washam, Lloyd Vaughan, Ken Harris, Phil Monroe
Layouts: Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds: Phil DeGuard
Voice Characterizations: Mel Blanc (Uncredited: Stan Freberg)
Musical Direction: Carl W. Stalling

Series: Merrie Melodies
Release Date: April 15, 1950

Synopsis: Hubie & Bertie help themselves to a warm fire and some cheese in their new home, until they encounter Claude Cat. A chase ensues, but Claude freezes up before he passes an open window. Fearing he might catch pneumonia, he pops pills and takes his temperature. Realising he's a hypochondriac, both mice play up on this by suggesting Claude is turning himself all sorts of colours (including tartan!) before dismissing him as a hopeless case. Claude breaks down and persuades the mice to save his life.
Claude ends up in an operating theatre, where the mice prepare a fake operation by slicing up some cheese. Believing them to be operating on himself, Claude passes out in "pain" and goes into a surrelistic nightmare. Claude reawakens, not realising he's wearing a white gown and fake wings. He sees Hubie & Bertie crying over his grave, and the pair are in "shock" when they see him as a "ghost". With an aid of an x-ray machine, he believes them and begs again for their help. They lead him to a cliff with a sign pointing to "cat heaven", but despite him saying he can't fly, they shove him off the cliff. Claude does fly, but he doesn't realise that they tied a helium balloon to his back. "Farewell, you poor earthly creatures", says Claude to the mischievous rodents as he flies towards the moon.

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Postby Lee Glover » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:12 pm

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Postby Zartok-35 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:02 pm

I can't figure out all the scenes in this one, but I know some of them:

Ben Washam animates the introduction where Hubie and Bertie infiltrate the house and sit by the fire.
Phil Monroe does the cat changing colors.
Ken Harris does the scenes where the cat begs the mice for help.
Lloyd Vaughan does the operating room scenes, most of the hallucination, and Claude waking up afterwards.
Ken Harris animates the "Celestial robe and golden wings" scene, and pretty much everything that comes after.
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Postby Sean Gaffney » Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:52 pm

Music Used:
Blues in the Night (Johnny Mercer/Harold Arlen). From Blues in the Night (1941).
September in the Rain (Al Dubin/Harry Warren). From Melody for Two (1937).
Home Sweet Home (John Howard Payne/Henry Bishop). 1823.
The Campbells Are Coming (Traditional). Circa 1715.
Aloha Oe (Liliuokalani). Circa 1877.
A Little on the Lonely Side (Robertson/Weldon/Cavanaugh). 1944.
Melancholy Mood (Vick Knight/Walt Schumann). 1939.

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Postby looneytooney » Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:38 pm

Prod. #1117 according to the original storyboard included on LTGC Volume 1.

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Postby zavkram » Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:13 am

This has to be one of my all-time favorite Jones cartoons featuring recurring secondary characters, and it's nightmare scene is a prime example of how well Jones employed cinematic techniques in an animated cartoon. Indeed, many of Jones's cartoons, in that regard, can hold up against the best of Frank Tashlin's WB work.

What's great about this cartoon is that from the opening credits (featuring Carl Stalling's impeccable rendition of "Blues in the Night") onward it plays out like any well-crafted live-action comedy short from the 40's and 50's; in terms of it's story-structure, character-delineation, and comedic timing.
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Postby The Spectre » Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:13 pm

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Postby Paulie J. Waddle » Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:14 am

The title is a pun on "hypochrondiac," an individual with a fear of medical ailments and diseases.
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Postby cbrubaker » Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:30 am

Was reissued in the 1957-58 season (exact date currently unknown)
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