KITTY KORNERED is a 1946
Looney Tunes cartoon, directed by Robert
Clampett , produced by
Edward Selzer and released by Warner Bros.
Pictures . Considered among Clampett's best and wackiest films, Kitty
Kornered was Clampett's final cartoon starring his longtime star Porky
Pig (although he made a cameo in Clampett's next cartoon The Great
Piggy Bank Robbery as a streetcar driver), and marks the only
appearance of the (then unnamed) Sylvester the cat in a
Clampett-directed cartoon and only one of two times Sylvester spoke in
Porky Pig cartoon. It was also the first appearance of Sylvester in
Looney Tunes series. Also, this is the only cartoon where
Sylvester has yellow eyes and a black nose.
This is the first
Looney Tunes cartoon to have the red and blue rings
as well as the written out "That's all Folks!" at the closing rings.
The Merrie Melodies music is heard at the end though.
Porky and Sylvester would later be paired in a trio of shorts
Chuck Jones :
Scaredy Cat ,
Claws for Alarm , and Jumpin\'
Jupiter . Both also co-starred (with
Daffy Duck ) in The Scarlet
Pumpernickel as the villain roles (the only time Sylvester spoke in a
Chuck Jones-directed cartoon).
The scene where the cats smoke, read comics, lounge and drink
wine which was eliminated on the WB and the
The neighborhood's cat owners all (literally) throw their cats out
for the night.
Porky Pig attempts to do the same, but his four cats (a
tall black and white lisping cat (Sylvester ), a medium-sized tabby
named Gerald, a diminutive kitten named Pedro, and a dumb drunkard cat
named Jose) attempt to turn the tables and throw him out into the
snow. Porky states that he's starting to hate pussycats. Porky bangs
on the door, demanding to be let in, but the cats pop out of the door
and proclaim in unison, "Milkman, keep those bottles quiet!", and then
slam the door in his face which soon leads to a battle between Porky
and his cats for the house.
While the cats are lounging around, Porky bursts through the window,
making an incredibly menacing face. He chases them around the house
until one of them throws him into a cabinet full of dishes and a
teapot. Porky retaliates by setting his pet dog "Lassie" on the cats.
The cats see the dog's shadow and run for their lives, not knowing
that "Lassie" is really only a shadow puppet created with Porky's
fingers and he doesn't actually have a dog.
When the cat with the lisp ("Sylvester") finds out that they've been
tricked, he and the others plot revenge, which is exacted by having
the cats create a War of the Worlds -esque sensation about invading
aliens, and driving him into a panic over "Men from Mars!". Porky gets
frightened and tries to shoot them with a gun but the cats charge at
Porky with swords and run him out of the house once and for all and
winning the battle. Homeless, alone, and cold in the snow, Porky turns
to the camera and asks the audience if they have a vacancy for a
"Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet" was a World War II hit song by
Ella Mae Morse
Ella Mae Morse , and was sung by
Nancy Walker in the movie Broadway
The wine that the grey drunken cat was drinking says "Arsenic and Old
Grapes" is a parody to Arsenic and Old Lace .
Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries , the "Men from Mars" characters
made an appearance in "Spaced Out".
The cats charging at Porky assume the appearances of Theodore
Roosevelt and his
Rough Riders cavalry (in reference to the
then-popular film Arsenic and Old Lace ).