Picture (c) Cordell Barker
“The Cat Came Back” is a short film based on a folk song, adding their own point of view based on the song. A regular summary of the story would go like this: It is about an older man named Mr. Johnson who is trying to get rid of a pesky cat. Simple, right?
Well, it is, but it brings a few laughs even though it’s so simple. The fact the story about it is simple goes perfectly with the art style, which is both cartoon-y and simplistic. Any person can watch, it’s not that overwhelming with details that distract from what’s really going on.
But what I love about it is the effects used in it. When the character is animated to be ‘boiling’ (which is shaking- happens all through the video) it gives a sense of life to them. The emotions displayed is accurate, and an eight-year-old could tell the man is angry by the fact that he has a frown and lowered eyebrows.
The music with it is really catchy, and you can’t go at least a day without having it stuck in your head after listening to it. It has a silly and uplifting tone to it, making it one of the most cheerful songs I’ve listened to.
Finally, I’ll talk about the animation. The animation, as you see, has some parts that have a 3D effect to it, especially in the house scene at the beginning. The transitions to different scenes is grand, and my favorite transition was when he took the cradle and, transition, put it on the table. The smoothness of the animation is extraordinary, and if there was ever a cartoon animated like this, I’d rather watch it then those newer cartoons (no offense to anyone who enjoys those cartoons!)
This cartoon is definitely worth a watch when you’ve got the time to do so!
Photo credit: (c) Cordell Barker