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Cartoon of the Day: The Missing Mouse

The Missing Mouse

The Miss­ing Mouse

From nearly the end of the the­atri­cal series, The Miss­ing Mouse was unique in a few ways. Pop­u­lar voice actor Paul Frees– Cap­tain Hook from Disney’s Peter Pan from the same year– han­dles the voice duties for this short, and therein is one of the unique aspects of the film.

While Jerry is loot­ing the fridge, Tom comes by and ham­mers him… He pinches Jerry’s tail in a mouse­trap, and while run­ning away, the mouse spills a bot­tle of white shoe pol­ish on himself.

Sud­denly, the radio blurts out that an exper­i­men­tal “explo­sive” white mouse has escaped from the lab. Tom sees Jerry and is fright­ened to death. Jerry takes advan­tage, and keeps try­ing to fall off shelves and such… the cat catch­ing him no mat­ter what. Tom lets irons and pianos fall on him instead of Jerry.

When the mouse falls in the sink, Tom real­izes that he’s been a fool; he hits Jerry with a ham­mer and throws him out. The real white mouse then enters, and when Tom washes the fake one and then sees Jerry, he ages 50 years! The radio then announces that the explo­sive mouse is no longer dan­ger­ous… Tom strikes him and BOOM! The cat sticks his head out of the rub­ble and says, “Don’t you believe it!”

This is one of the rare car­toons in which Tom speaks; although here it sounds as though he is imi­tat­ing char­ac­ter actor Ned Sparks in the final scene.

This is the only Tom and Jerry car­toon (and pos­si­bly the only MGM car­toon) for which Scott Bradley does not receive music credit.

 

 

Cartoon of the Day: Mouse Cleaning

Mouse Cleaning

Mouse Clean­ing

Back before their tele­vi­sion empire, back before the Flint­stones and Scooby Doo, William Hanna and Joseph Bar­bera played a cat against a mouse. From Tom & Jerry, today’s car­toon of the day is Mouse Clean­ing from this date in 1948.

Mammy-Two-Shoes tells Tom that if the house gets dirty or untidy, he will be thrown out. Once she leaves, Jerry uses a cig­a­rette ash­tray to spread filth all over the place. Gags and chase sequences ensue. Jerry diverts a coal chute into the liv­ing room as Mammy comes home.

She and Tom col­lide out­side the front door. When Tom pokes his head out of the coal, he becomes a stereo­typ­i­cal black Stepin Fetchit-style char­ac­ter. Mammy thinks Tom is a man and asks, “Hey you! Has you seen a no-good cat around here?” Tom replies (in a stereo­typ­i­cal black voice), “No ma’am! I ain’t seen no cat around here! Uh-uh! No cat, no place, no how, no ma’am!”

Mammy spots Tom’s tom­fool­ery and yells “Thomas!” Tom runs away and hob­bles along the side­walk, shuf­fling and mumbling.

This car­toon was redubbed in the 1960s, with Mammy-Two-Shoes speak­ing in an aggres­sively non-racial white-bread accent (her legs are still 100% “of color,” though!).

Addi­tion­ally, the scene where Tom, in black­face, does his “Stepin Fetchit” rou­tine was excised and replaced with some newly-created ani­ma­tion by the Chuck Jones MGM unit nearly 20 years later.

Ken­neth Muse did the ani­ma­tion in the sequence where Tom jug­gles eggs and an ink pad, accord­ing to ani­ma­tor Mark Kausler. Ed Barge ani­mated the old horse and the coal, while the final sequences were done by Ray Pat­ter­son and Irv Spence.

Mouse For Sale (1955) — Tom and Jerry Cartoon Series

Mouse For Sale

Mouse For Sale

#CotD: A much more mature Tom and Jerry meet again in “Mouse For Sale” from 1955.

Mouse For Sale (1955) — Tom and Jerry Car­toon Series

White mice being all the rage, Tom paints Jerry white with the idea of sell­ing him for a tidy profit.

Come see “Mouse For Sale” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

The Cat Concerto (1947) — Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon

The Cat Concerto

The Cat Concerto

CotD: Extremely sim­i­lar to a WB car­toon star­ing Bugs Bunny, “The Cat Con­certo” and Tom and Jerry ended up win­ning the Oscar that year– Bugs would wait another ten for his.

The Cat Con­certo (1947) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Cartoon

Tom is an acknowl­edged mas­ter pianist primed to give his great­est per­for­mance of Liszt’s Sec­ond Hun­gar­ian Rhap­sody. As he pre­pares and finally set­tles down, ready to play, Jerry is deter­mined to dis­rupt Tom’s con­cert. Jerry pulls on the strings inside the piano, slams the shut­ter on Tom’s hands, and gen­er­ally runs amok. Tom fights him with the piano with­out miss­ing a sin­gle note.

Come see “The Cat Con­certo” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Johann Mouse (1953) — Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

Johann Mouse

Johann Mouse

CotD: Tom lost the grey stripe between his eyes in “Johann Mouse ” which won the sev­enth– and last– Tom & Jerry Oscar.

Johann Mouse (1953) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Lit­tle Johann Mouse– Jerry– can’t resist waltz­ing when he hears the piano play­ing from the Mae­stro, Johann Strauss, but when the music stops, so does the danc­ing. There­fore, Tom must learn to play the piano to keep the mouse danc­ing so that he can catch him.

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Tom and Jerry” programming turns pornographic

Tom and Jerry

Tom and Jerry

Did a cat and mouse ever do any­thing like this?

When an Arling­ton, Texas mom’s young sons were view­ing Tom and Jerry on The Car­toon Net­work, they sud­denly saw more than they bar­gained for.

Rebekah Woodruff says that the boys, ages 4 and 7, had their eyes glued to the screen at about 12:30 p.m. Wednes­day. The scene sud­denly shifted, she alleges, to a porno­graphic movie.

I heard the music change. And I heard my old­est say to his lit­tle brother, ‘Don’t watch this. I think it’s some­thing bad,’” she recounted.

Dash­ing back to the liv­ing room, Mom saw graphic images of two women on the screen.

We don’t have chan­nels like that.”

Imme­di­ately, the mom asked her boys to turn around. She muted the sound and then looked at the remote to ensure they hadn’t some­how bought a pay-per-view movie.

She pushed the “infor­ma­tion” but­ton on the remote, she said. “And it says we’re watch­ing Tom and Jerry, Car­toon Net­work, at 12:30.”

After push­ing the “chan­nel up” and “chan­nel down” but­tons, the chan­nel returned to Tom and Jerry, but with­out the porn, she said.

Most of the day, I’ve just held back tears,” she said. “I’m furious.”

Time Warner Cable, her cable com­pany, apologized.

We have our engi­neer­ing team still look­ing into it,” said spokesman Jon Her­rera said.

The prob­lem doesn’t appear to have occurred across the sys­tem, as Woodruff’s com­plaint was the only one received by TWC, he added.

But Woodruff said she wants to know what was behind the snafu.

I don’t need an ‘I’m sorry.’ I want them to be held account­able,” she said. “I can’t erase it from my kids’ minds. I can’t erase it from my mind.”

Puss Gets The Boot (1940) — Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

Puss Gets The Boot (1940) - Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

Puss Gets The Boot (1940) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

CotD: One of the most sto­ries pairs in ani­ma­tion began their careers 72 years ago today in “Puss Gets The Boot” watch it today and see how it all started!

Puss Gets The Boot (1940) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

In close-up, Jerry the mouse runs from his oppo­nent. The cam­era cuts back, and we see that Tom the cat (called Jasper in this film only) has already caught the mouse, who is run­ning on the spot, his tail held by the cat’s claw.

While Tom toys with his prey, Jerry gets away, lead­ing to a num­ber of gags which result in the break­ing of a vase. Mammy-Two-Shoes warns Tom that if he breaks one more thing, she’ll throw him out of the house. Jerry hears this; nat­u­rally, this is an oppor­tu­nity that the mouse can­not pass up.

To keep Tom at bay, Jerry men­aces every break­able object in the house. Tom (whom Mammy calls “you good-for-nothin’ cheap fur coat”) does his best to save them, but ulti­mately fails and gets the boot.

Come see “Puss Gets The Boot” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Posse Cat (1954) — Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

Posse Cat (1954) - Tom and Jerry

Posse Cat (1954) — Tom and Jerry

CotD: Tom and Jerry are play­ing with firearms again in “Posse Cat”, much to Tom’s chagrin.

Posse Cat (1954) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Tom is hired to keep the cook­house free of mice, but when he is refused a meal, he enlists Jerry’s help.

Come see “Posse Cat” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

The Missing Mouse (1953) — Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Missing Mouse (1953) - Tom and Jerry

The Miss­ing Mouse (1953) — Tom and Jerry

CotD: You are in for a treat if you watch “The Miss­ing Mouse” today; it is one of the few car­toons in which Tom speaks!

The Miss­ing Mouse (1953) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

While Jerry is loot­ing the fridge, Tom comes by and ham­mers him… He pinches Jerry’s tail in a mouse­trap, and while run­ning away, the mouse spills a bot­tle of white shoe pol­ish on himself.

Sud­denly, the radio blurts out that an exper­i­men­tal “explo­sive” white mouse has escaped from the lab. Tom sees Jerry and is fright­ened to death. Jerry takes advan­tage, and keeps try­ing to fall off shelves and such… the cat catch­ing him no mat­ter what. Tom lets irons and pianos fall on him instead of Jerry.

When the mouse falls in the sink, Tom real­izes that he’s been a fool; he hits Jerry with a ham­mer and throws him out. The real white mouse then enters, and when Tom washes the fake one and then sees Jerry, he ages 50 years! The radio then announces that the explo­sive mouse is no longer dan­ger­ous… Tom strikes him and BOOM! The cat sticks his head out of the rub­ble and says, “Don’t you believe it!”

Watch “The Miss­ing Mouse” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Flirty Birdy (1945) — Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

Flirty Birdy (1945) - Tom and Jerry

Flirty Birdy (1945) — Tom and Jerry

CotD: Orig­i­nally titles “Love Boids”, “Flirty Birdy” was a Tom and Jerry car­toon from 1945…

Flirty Birdy (1945) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Tom is all set to eat Jerry when an eagle swoops down and grabs Jerry. To get Jerry back, Tom poses as a female eagle, and quickly finds his new lover to be more than he bar­gained for.

Watch “Flirty Birdy” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase