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The One-Eyed Black Cat is a character from unused scripts for the Haunted Mansion, based on the titular antagonist of Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat (1843).

History

Development history

The Black Cat

The Black Cat was clearly inspired by the 1843 Gothic-horror story The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe. In said story, an alcoholic man and his wife have a menagerie of pets including a black cat named Pluto. In a drunken rage one night, the man uses a pen to carve out one of Pluto's eyeballs though he regrets doing so after. Unable to cope with the cat as a living reminder of his loss of control, the man kills Pluto by hanging it from the neck in the tree outside his house.

Following this event, the man's house burned down leaving him and his wife to find a new home. At this new home they came upon a one-eyed black cat nearly identical to Pluto, albeit for a white patch on its chest which the man saw as being in the shape of a gallows. The couple took in this cat and and gave it the name of Pluto in tribute to their old beloved pet though the husband was neurotically afraid of the creature. One night the man had a complete breakdown due to fearing the cat and his wife not believing him so he took a hatchet and murdered his wife.

The husband stuffed his wife's corpse in an out-of-use chimney within the basement and bricked over it. When police arrived, they began to hear a sound coming from the chimney which they noticed was recently bricked over. To the man's protest, they tore open the chimney and within found the wife's corpse with the one-eyed black cat sitting atop it. The man was subsequently arrested and it is ultimately left ambiguous as to if the cat was truly supernatural or a figment of his broken mind.

The Haunted Mansion

The One-Eyed Black Cat was the main-antagonist of the Haunted Mansion in an unused script written by X. Atencio. Guests would have been warned by the Ghost Host at the beginning of the ride to beware the cat as it is a powerful being which has a hatred of mortals. The red-glowing slit eye of the cat would watch guests throughout the attraction until eventually appearing as an undead cat's head. This head would then transform into the rotting corpse of a human as guests made their escape.

Appearances

Disney Parks

The Haunted Mansion

Disneyland

In 2021, a statue of the black cat was integrated into the interior queue of the Haunted Mansion. It appears nearby the portrait of April-December and has one glowing red eye.

Magic Kingdom

There is a stone carving of the one-eyed black cat featured on the composer's crypt. When guests place their hands on it, it makes meowing sounds to the melody, "Grim Grinning Ghosts".

Printed-materials

The Haunted Mansion: Frights of Fancy

The protagonist of this story, Sydney Campbell wears a t-shirt with the design of the one-eyed black cat on it.

Trivia

  • The Black Cat and the Raven are both Haunted Mansion characters based on paranormal animals from the literary cannon of Edgar Allan Poe.

Gallery

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Media
Films: The Haunted Mansion

Books: Tales from the Haunted MansionThe Haunted MansionDisney Kingdoms: The Haunted MansionKingdom KeepersThe Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic
Video games: Adventures in the Magic KingdomThe Haunted MansionWalt Disney World ExplorerKinect: Disneyland AdventuresDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionDisney Crossy RoadDisney Emoji BlitzThe Haunted Mansion: The Black Widow Bride

Disney Parks
The Haunted MansionPhantom ManorMystic ManorHaunted Mansion HolidayMemento MoriMuseum of the Weird
Characters
Ghost HostMadame LeotaCaretakerMaster GraceyHatbox GhostHitchhiking GhostsThe Singing BustsGeorge HightowerConstance HatchawayRavenCaptain GoreLittle LeotaOrganistThe Coffin OccupantTightrope WalkerThe BridePickwickThe MarinerPrudence PockBluebeardDeathThe ExecutionerDuelistsGramsAlexander NitrokoffMiss April DecemberOne-Eyed Black Cat

Phantom Manor: Melanie RavenswoodHenry RavenswoodMartha Ravenswood
Mystic Manor: Henry MysticAlbertCaptain Mary OceaneerMaestro D'ElfmanThe Monkey King Statue
Haunted Mansion Holiday: Jack SkellingtonOogie BoogieLock, Shock and BarrelSallyZeroThe Vampire Teddy-BearZero • The Giant Snake • The Man-Eating Wreath • The One hiding under your bed • Skeleton Reindeer
The Museum of the the Weird: The Mistress of Evil • The Candleman • Madame ZarkovThe Grandfather Coffin Clock
Characters from Spinoffs: Elizabeth HenshawRamsleyEmmaEzraJim EversSara EversMegan EversMichael EversZombiesZeke Holloway • Friendly Ghosts • Atticus ThornAmicus ArcaneDanny CroweMaxwell KeepMelody KeepRoland Keep

Miscellaneous
Grim Grinning GhostsGracey ManorThe Flying DutchmanThe Ghost Relations DepartmentTarot Cards • Mystic Manor • Ravenswood Manor • Big Thunder MountainThunder MesaBig Thunder Mining CompanyIocane PowderBeacon of Souls • Bravery Tonic • Mumbo Doll • Soul GemsSeaman's Ring • Brotherhood of the Soul • Order of Shadows • Mystic Manor Theme SongThe Sinister 11