254. Ventriloquist Cat – Tex Avery


SUMMARY: A cat being pursued by a vicious bulldog hides in a box of magic tricks and discovers a ventriloquist device that allows him to throw his voice, allowing him to continually fool the dog as to his whereabouts.

WHY IT’S HERE: ‘Ventriloquist Cat’ is not the first cartoon to use voice-throwing as the main concept for its gags but it is by far the funniest. Tex Avery once again gets the best out of a repetitive concept with pitch perfect timing, as a cat repeatedly fools a dog into thinking he is somewhere else. The jokes are great but the trump card here is the ‘meow-meow’ sound effect which comes out of the cat’s mouth, which is so incessantly flat and annoying that it becomes cumulatively hilarious.


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