Friday, April 13, 2018

Saturtainment: The first two episodes of Motormouse & Autocat (1969)

Normally, I'd save first episodes for the first of the month, but I couldn't pass up this two-for-one special.

I think I had one of these two Motormouse & Autocat shorts up before, then had to take it down when it was deleted by YouTube. Well, right now, let's scope the opener, "Wheelin' & Dealin'", which sets the tone for this Tom & Jerry clone on wheels. Then, in "Party Crasher" (title card deleted), Autocat (Marty Ingels) intercepts Motormouse's lost shopping list, not knowing the little guy's planning something for his nemesis.

The closing music at the end of "Wheelin' & Dealin'" would be recycled for other H-B series, including Josie & the Pussycats and, of course, Scooby-Doo.

Rating: A-.


magicdog said...

I never could get into these two largely because even as a child I knew it was a lower quality ripoff of Tom & Jerry.

Sure, HB would revive the classic cat & mouse duo a few years later, but die to restrictions, you couldn't really see them the same way as one did in their cartoons of the 40s and 50s. I've heard HB more or less disowned the 70s version of the cartoon - have you heard of this?

The closest I've seen to T&J's antics are the recent DTVs. I saw Spy Quest (where the pair are crossed over into an adventure with Jonny Quest), and the early scenes on the beach were almost the epitome of classic T&J!!!

hobbyfan said...

I have a review of Spy Quest up (just punch up Spy Quest in the search box), and, yeah, that was classic stuff. The scene was Droopy & Jezebel Jade was gold.