|Merrie Melodies (Hubie and Bertie and Claude Cat) series|
The title card of The Hypo-Chondri-Cat.
|Directed by||Charles M. Jones|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer
|Story by||Michael Maltese|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Ben Washam
|Layouts by||Robert Gribbroek|
|Backgrounds by||Phil DeGuard|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||April 15, 1950 (USA)|
|Running time||7 minutes|
The Hypo-Chondri-Cat is a 1949 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies short, released on April 15, 1950, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. The title can be seen as a simple play on "hypochondriac".
Hubie and Bertie take shelter in a house, but are shortly confronted by Claude Cat. When Claude Cat passes an open window, the draft hits him and Claude fears he'll catch a cold and immediately grabs some pills and medicine. The two mice see this as an opportunity to dispose of Claude. They trick him into thinking he is very sick, then they pretend to perform surgery on him until he faints. When Claude comes to, they convince he's dead and now an angel and they send him floating on a balloon to "Cat Heaven".
Censorship and alterations
- According to the storyboard (included as a bonus feature on the "Looney Tunes" DVD set), this cartoon originally was to have had one more scene at the end. As Claude the cat floats via balloon to "Cat Heaven," the mice are shown inside the house, in front of the fireplace, roasting cheese clumps (shaped like marshmallows) on toothpicks. Claude is seen through the window, blissfully drifting skyward.
- On ABC, the scene where Hubie slaps Bertie several times was shortened.
- DVD - Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1, Disc 3
- The Hypo-Chondri-Cat at the Internet Movie Database
- The Hypo-Chondri-Cat at the Big Cartoon DataBase
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