Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1962. United Productions of America, Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Dorothy Jones, Chuck Jones, additional dialogue by Ralph Wright. Produced by Henry G. Saperstein. Music by Mort Lindsey. Production Design by Ray Aragon, Corny Cole, Ed Levitt, Ernie Nordli, Bob Singer, Dick Ung. Film Editing by Earl Bennett, Sam Horta.
In this charming animated film, a French country cat named Mewsette (voiced by Judy Garland) gets bored with rural living and decides to high-tail it to gay Paris. She immediately falls into the hands of the kitty version of white slavers (Paul Frees, Hermione Gingold) who groom her to be a great lady worthy of the employer to whom they are selling her. Thankfully, Mewsette’s rascal boyfriend Jaune Tom (Robert Goulet) and his young kitten friend Robespierre (Red Buttons) are not far behind and come to the city to save her skin. The story is lazy, particularly when compared to Disney classics like The Aristocats or 101 Dalmatians, but the Impressionist-inspired backdrops are gorgeous and the Harold Arlen-E.Y. Harburg score is sometimes delightful, sometimes absolutely beautiful. It’s really only small children who will be diverted by it, but adults will enjoy Garland’s singing enough to want to see it.