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Krazy Cat Cartoon

A still from the video below

The thread that runs through this very early cartoon cat series (the Krazy Cat cartoon started in 1910) is an unusual relationship between Krazy Cat and a mouse called Ignatz Mouse, in which the mouse repeatedly throws a brick at the cat (and connects) and the cat treats this as an acceptable part of the relationship (perhaps an expression of love or affection although a very strange way to express affection). Perhaps it is simply a funny thing to do, which gives plenty of opportunity for Krazy Cat to respond (maybe he is called Krazy Cat because of his crazy acceptance of being hit by a brick all the time? However, on one occasion the cat gave the mouse a rubber brick so when it was thrown at him it bounced back and hit the mouse not so crazy after all! Also the throwing of this well documented brick is probably a metaphor for the tribulations encountered in all relationships.

A third player plays a major role. This is a dog called Officer B. Pup a police officer whose role is to throw Ignatz into jail when he attacks that crazy Cat.

Krazy Cat Goes A-Wooing

It should be mentioned that Krazy Cat began his career playing a secondary role with a bulldog in the Dingbat household. The Dingbats were the leading players. Mr. Mouse joined the cast after a month. Mr Mouse was to become Ignatz Mouse and became a central player with Krazy Cat thereafter.

There were three separate series of silent animated Krazy Cat cartoons. Being silent films, speech was transmitted through the written word on screen, which brings me to another interesting thing about this comic strip character. He used some pretty quirky and interesting language as you can see from the video above. George Herriman created the characters and, of course, the language.

When Krazy Cat expresses his love for Ignatz Mouse he uses prosaic and verbose language such as, "E'en but to gaze at thy picture fairest one, gives big pains to my heart - fain, sweet face, would I kiss thee o'er and o'er" (fain means "happily" or "gladly" in this context but it is archaic language. It does rhyme with "pains" in the sentence however. The word "E'en" means evening). The language, as written, indicated an amalgam of immigrant and regional accents (e.g. "Offissa" meaning "Officer").

International Film Services released 13 Krazy Cat cartoon films in 1916. RC Pictures released 19 between 1926 and 1927. Then Parammount-Famous Lasky produced 41 films. The films probably didn't add much to the comic strip, which was very animated. As a comic strip it appeared in U.S. newspapers between 1913 and 1944, being published in William Randolph Hearst's New York Evening Journal.

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Krazy Cat Cartoon

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May 23, 2012MEMORIES NEW
by: Anonymous

This is so awesome!! We are actaully telling our age here as well..:) I also remember this cartoon. There have been times when I would ask someone about it (my age group); and it was frustrating sometimes because no one rememeber it. Almost made me think I made it up...LOL


Sep 28, 2011The same Deja Vu
by: Anonymous

I to was chatting with co workers about ignatz , although I forgot that igantz was a mouse.


Dec 04, 2009I wish for more
by: Anonymous

I always compare situations in relationships that I see around me, to 'crazy cat' cartoon, and everyone laughs. Up until now I thought I just imagine crazy cat ever extisted, because noone else seems to remember it, and to be honest I didn't really remember when or where I watched it.

Today I was talking to a coworker and I mentioned crazy cat, after we laughed about it, I decided to google it, and there it was. I feel vindicated with myself, because 'crazy cat' cartoon really existed, and exactly the way I remember it.

I wish we could continue producing this kind of work, it adds so much value to the media to offer this kind of contest, in any kind of venue it's used. Thank you so much. 'A crazy cat admired'


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