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Noveltoons was an anthology series of animated cartoons produced by Paramount Pictures’ Famous Studios from 1943 to the close of the studio in 1967. Casper the Friendly Ghost, Herman and Katnip, Little Audrey, and Baby Huey all got their start from this series. It was the successor series to the Color Classics series produced by Fleischer Studios (indeed, several Noveltoons would feature characters who originated in Color Classics). This series was also very similar to the two series from Warner Bros., Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, in that it features several recurring characters under one umbrella title.
The pre-October 1950 Noveltoons were sold to television distributor U.M.&M. T.V. Corp. in 1956. National Telefilm Associates acquired those cartoons soon afterward. Paramount sold the rest of the Noveltoons to Harvey Comics. As new Noveltoons were produced, they were also sold to Harvey, until 1962. Paramount still owns the remaining Noveltoons, and has reacquired the cartoons sold to U.M.&M., but a good deal of those cartoons have fallen into public domain.
Hector is a dog with an easy life and the run of the house when the lady of the house gives him a warning…one more mess and you’re out. Hector would be okay if not for the fact that three little puppies have been left on their doorstep. Hector has a hectic time keeping them in line and cleaning up their messes without alerting the lady.
A very stupid and superstitious cat awakens and goes through his usual gyrations of ensuring he will not have an unlucky day, making sure he get out of the right side of the bed and other rituals, and then starts his search for breakfast. He captures Buzzy the Crow, places him between two slices of bread and prepares to eat him. But Buzzy, smarter than the average crow since he is a cartoon parody of Eddie Anderson’s “Rochester” character, has no intentions of being a cat’s sandwich breakfast, knows the cat is superstitious and causes the cat to spill the salt, knowing the cat will have to release him in order to throw some salt over his shoulder.
City cousin Herman visits his country cousins to help them get rid of the new cat. Herman sings “Ding Dong Bell, Pussy’s In The Well.”
Herman notices that his pal Henry is being abused by his wife, so he tries to interest him in becoming a boxer. Henry figures that if Herman is good and he wins, he can have all the women he wants and drink beer. But becoming a good boxer is not as easy as it sounds, and Henry both wind up in the hospital.
Herman the mouse hasn’t eaten in 29 days- he’s got to do something, but the cat and the dog are guarding the fridge. Then Herman sets out to break up their friendship. He tells them that cat and dog are mortal enemies, so they can kill each other, and he can finally get some food.