|Poor dumb Katnip|
The MGM movie studios had a big hit with the Tom and Jerry cartoons, so Paramount studios created their own cat-and-mouse team. Herman (a mouse in a bow tie and pants) and Katnip ﬁrst appeared together in the 1947 cartoon Naughty But Mice.
Most of the cartoons followed a standard formula: some mice were having fun, Katnip showed up to spoil things and Herman had to come to the rescue, which wasn’t hard, considering how dumb Katnip was. (Unlike Tom and Jerry, who were mute, Herman and Katnip did have voices.) As if Herman weren’t enough trouble, Katnip also had to face the mischievous crow Buzzy in several cartoons.