DISCOVER--the Tom and Jerry cartoons worth watching

by jonabbott56 | created - 10 Jan 2013 | updated - 19 Jan 2016 | Public

Perhaps the world's funniest and most famous animated comedy duo (rivalled only by Tweety and Sylvester), Tom and Jerry are also surely the most maligned, mistreated, and misunderstood. Broadcasters and distributors alike seem unable to tell the difference between the original classics by Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and the dreadful follow-ups perpetrated by Gene Deitch, Chuck Jones, and television, and most broadcasts and compilation videos and DVDs feature a charmless and confusing mix of good and bad. To add injury to insult, the early and best ones have been subjected to cultural and artistic vandalism over the years by humourless fascists imposing faddish and misguided transitory contemporary views on work they disrespect and misunderstand. (See the reviews for the three Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collections on Amazon U.S. for further details).

This is gradually being rectified by outraged public pressure, although current owners Warners, who inherited the series from the equally disrespectful MGM, still insist on insulting both the makers and the audience by labelling elements of the humour racist, with pompous lectures and 'warnings' on the DVDs.

It was not racist to portray the world as it actually was in cartoon form. The series mocked Hitler along with the rest of the free world, and the infamous blackface gags were not hateful, as any fool can see. Despite the violence and the fighting, the Tom and Jerry cartoons glow with love. To remove or 'modify' Lillian Randolph's wonderful characature of the black maid is a racist act in itself. Is Elmer Fudd considered an affront to white people? Will the lisps, stutters, and moron-level stupidity of cartoon characters be the next to go, as potential incitement to taking offence? What will the next owners of The Simpsons, South Park, or Family Guy see fit to 'correct' or 'modify' in fifty years time? Don't be tempted to consider these remarks an over-reaction; there have already been plans to remove the scraggy cigarettes from the mouths of Tom's loutish friends.

Anyhow--we mustn't let these buffoons ruin our pleasure with anger. Listed below, in chronological order, are nearly a hundred of the finest cartoons ever made, overflowing with a love and understanding of human nature the humourless robots referred to above can never understand or appreciate. There aren't many--okay, any--omissions until we reach the mid-'50s, when almost everybody began to lose the plot. Bill and Joe made 114 Tom and Jerry cartoons between 1939 and 1959; that 94 made it into my list is a batting average anyone can be proud of. Their legacy is immense, and dwarfs the meddlers.

Comments on individual cartoons to follow when time permits... In the meantime, please jump in anywhere, and enjoy...

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1. Puss Gets the Boot (1940)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.9
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Tom (Jasper) gets told that if he breaks one more thing he is getting thrown out, Jerry tries his best to make the Jasper "Get the Boot".

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 1,399

2. The Midnight Snack (1941)

Approved | 9 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.8
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Jerry's raiding the fridge, carrying off a giant wedge of cheese. Tom's feeling playful, so he piles the cheese high with dishes, builds a set of bread-slice steps, and ends them on a ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 1,012

3. The Night Before Christmas (1941)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.0
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Well, a mouse *is* stirring... And he's having fun playing with the toys, until he mistakes Tom for a stuffed toy and wakes him up.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising | Stars: The Debutantes, Frank Graham, The King's Men

Votes: 1,336

4. Fraidy Cat (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.4
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Tom hears a ghost story on the radio and is spooked by it; Jerry notices this and takes advantage of it, using a variety of tricks to scare Tom.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising | Stars: William Hanna, Lillian Randolph, Martha Wentworth

Votes: 691

5. Dog Trouble (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

7.8
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Tom's chasing Jerry when he runs, literally, right into the sleeping (and quite nasty) dog later known as Spike. Spike chases Tom up a lamp; Jerry's quite amused, until Spike turns on him ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Michael Lah | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 873

6. Puss n' Toots (1942)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.5
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Tom is playing with Jerry when someone delivers a cute lady cat for Mammy to take care of. Tom is smitten at first sight, and primps a bit. He offers a fish and a canary, but she's not ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Michael Lah | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 750

7. The Bowling Alley-Cat (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.8
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As the title implies, Tom and Jerry are in a bowling alley. Both spend a lot of time sliding on the well-polished lanes. Eventually, Jerry takes up residence among the pins and Tom tries to bowl him down.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 857

8. Fine Feathered Friend (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

7.7
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Jerry takes advantage of a rather mean tempered hen (that looks suspiciously like a rooster) to hide from Tom.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 750

9. Sufferin' Cats! (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

7.5
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Tom and another cat fight over Jerry.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Frank Graham

Votes: 640

10. The Lonesome Mouse (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.9
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Jerry crashes a vase onto Tom's head, which gets Mammy to throw Tom out. Jerry revels in his freedom, among other things turning Tom's picture into a Hitler caricature then spitting on it. ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: William Hanna, Harry Lang, Lillian Randolph

Votes: 785

11. The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.8
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In honor of the U.S. military during WWII, Tom and Jerry do battle in the basement using household items as either war weapons or vehicles.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 1,108

12. Baby Puss (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

7.5
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Tom is dressed up and treated like a baby by the little girl of the house, and he hates it aside from the bottle of milk, that is. Jerry brings in some alley cats, who tease Tom.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Sara Berner, Billy Bletcher, William Hanna, The King's Men

Votes: 714

13. The Zoot Cat (1944)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

7.4
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"Square" Tom becomes the coolest cat of all when he puts on homemade green and orange zoot suit,

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Sara Berner, Billy Bletcher, William Hanna

Votes: 785

14. The Million Dollar Cat (1944)

Not Rated | 7 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

7.8
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Tom inherits $1,000,000 from an eccentric aunt on the condition that he not harm any living thing - even a mouse. And guess which mouse keeps following him around and pointing this out to him?

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: William Hanna

Votes: 792

15. The Bodyguard (1944)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.8
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Spike the bulldog, grateful to Jerry for getting him out of the dogcatcher's van, offers to help the little mouse any time he whistles. Tom, Jerry's feline tormentor, seeks to overcome this new disadvantage.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Billy Bletcher

Votes: 693

16. Puttin' on the Dog (1944)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.8
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Jerry runs into a dog pound (and right on top of a napping Spike) to escape a rather mangy-looking Tom. To avoid being ripped to shreds, Tom borrows the head of a nearby dog statue. This ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 722

17. Mouse Trouble (1944)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

8.0
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Tom's new book on "how to catch a mouse" doesn't prove too helpful against Jerry; actually, Jerry seems to make better use of it than Tom.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 1,277

18. The Mouse Comes to Dinner (1945)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.8
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Tom invites Toots to an elegant dinner. However, he's made the mistake of trying to put Jerry to work, as a serving boy, a corkscrew, and other tasks. Jerry puts up with a little of this, ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: William Hanna, Lillian Randolph

Votes: 764

19. Mouse in Manhattan (1945)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.9
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Jerry Mouse gets tired of living the country life and decides to head to the big city. However, the experience doesn't turn out quite like Jerry had expected.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 1,028

20. Tee for Two (1945)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.8
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Tom Does bad golfing in the beginning. He puts the golf club into the hole instead of swinging the golf club into the hole.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 723

21. Flirty Birdy (1945)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.4
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Tom is all set to eat Jerry when a hawk swoops down and grabs Jerry. To get Jerry back, Tom poses as a female hawk and quickly finds his new lover to be more than he bargained for.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 665

22. Quiet Please! (1945)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

7.8
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The bulldog wants to take a nap. Tom wants to chase Jerry around the house. Naps and noise don't mix, and so the bulldog threatens Tom to keep quiet or else.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Billy Bletcher, William Hanna

Votes: 1,324

23. Springtime for Thomas (1946)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.8
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It's spring, and Tom is much more interested in the female cat next door than in Jerry.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Frank Graham

Votes: 732

24. The Milky Waif (1946)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.8
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Jerry finds himself in charge of a foundling mouse called Nibbles, who is eager to steal milk from Tom's bowl and oblivious to the danger.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Mel Blanc, Lillian Randolph

Votes: 721

25. Trap Happy (1946)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

7.9
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Tom calls the exterminators, but they send a cat, who despite his various tools, doesn't fare much better than Tom usually does.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Dick Nelson

Votes: 750

26. Solid Serenade (1946)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

8.1
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Tom's love song (Is You Is, or Is You Ain't My Baby) to his girlfriend Toots wakes up Jerry, so he unties Spike (Tom had tied him up).

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Buck Woods

Votes: 913

27. Cat Fishin' (1947)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.8
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Tom is a feline fisherman, Jerry is his live bait, and Spike is the bulldog guarding the lake.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 817

28. Part Time Pal (1947)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.8
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Thomas became friend of jerry after slipped into cider and tried to kicked his owner.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Harry Lang, Lillian Randolph

Votes: 671

29. The Cat Concerto (1947)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.2
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Jerry is determined to disrupt Tom's concert while Tom fights him with the piano without missing a single note.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 3,216

30. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse (1947)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

7.9
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Tom, sick of Jerry stealing the milk out of his bowl, poisons it. Instead of killing the mouse, the potion transforms him into a muscular beast.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 1,081

31. Salt Water Tabby (1947)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.8
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It's a grand day at the beach for Tom and his girlfriend Toots - that is, until Jerry shows up (and, for a while, gets a rather vicious crab involved as well).

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 651

32. A Mouse in the House (1947)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.9
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Mammy Two-Shoes tells Tom and Butch that the cat who gets rid of the icebox-raiding, breadbox-invading mouse (Jerry) is the one who can stay.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 719

33. The Invisible Mouse (1947)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.7
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Tom chases Jerry into a bottle of invisible ink, and Jerry then proceeds to have fun torturing Tom.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 705

34. Kitty Foiled (1948)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.8
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Tom subjects Jerry to his usual harassment; but the cat finds a new enemy, and the mouse finds a new friend, in the canary of the house.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 804

35. The Truce Hurts (1948)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.9
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Tom, Jerry, and Butch sign a peace treaty.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: William Hanna, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 755

36. Old Rockin' Chair Tom (1948)

Passed | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

8.0
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Mammy Two-Shoes replaces Tom with a younger cat who is a lightning-quick mouser. Tom and Jerry form an alliance in order to get rid of this dangerous newcomer.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 720

37. Professor Tom (1948)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.7
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Tom, complete with mortarboard, is teaching a kitten the basics: "cats chase mice." But Jerry keeps subverting this lesson at every opportunity, adding his own phrases, like "cats and mice ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 731

38. Mouse Cleaning (1948)

8 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.8
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Mammy Two-Shoes threatens to throw Tom out of the house if he makes a mess. Jerry sees an opportunity to rid himself of his feline nemesis.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 586

39. Polka-Dot Puss (1949)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.8
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Tom pretends to have a cold in order to trick Mammy into letting him stay inside for the night. Jerry tricks Tom by making him think he really is sick - with the measles.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 668

40. The Little Orphan (1948)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Short, Animation

7.8
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The Bide-a-Wee Mouse Home has sent the orphan mouse, Nibbles, to spend Thanksgiving with Jerry. But Jerry's cupboard is bare, and Nibbles is always hungry. They start by raiding Tom's milk ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 1,073

41. Heavenly Puss (1949)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

8.1
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Tom is "killed" while chasing Jerry (as usual). He goes to heaven and meets the cat who meets dead cats boarding the "Heavenly Express." Tom is given one hour to have Jerry sign a letter of... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Daws Butler

Votes: 1,088

42. The Cat and the Mermouse (1949)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.7
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A day at the beach. Tom wants to lay in the sand, but his rest is disturbed by Jerry, who walks by to go fishing. Tom ends up falling off the end of the pier as he chases Jerry and lands ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 669

43. Love That Pup (1949)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.6
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When a bulldog threatens Tom to keep away from his puppy, Jerry realizes that sticking close to the boy is the best way to keep away his feline tormentor. But Tom is not about to let the mouse evade him so easily.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Daws Butler

Votes: 433

44. Jerry's Diary (1949)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.3
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The kiddie radio host, Uncle Dudley, reminds his listeners that it is "Be Kind to Animals" week. Tom resolves to be kind to his mouse-nemesis, Jerry, but the cat changes his mind after sneaking a look at Jerry's diary.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Joseph Forte

Votes: 643

45. Tennis Chumps (1949)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.6
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Tom plays championship tennis against a cigar-smoking bully, but both cats find themselves battling Tom's much-abused lackey, Jerry Mouse, for the trophy.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 537

46. Little Quacker (1950)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.8
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Tom steals an egg from a mother's nest, cracks it over a frying pan and then discovers he can have roast duck. But the uncooperative hatchling runs away from the cat and into a mouse hole, where he finds an able protector in Jerry.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Red Coffey

Votes: 718

47. Saturday Evening Puss (1950)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.9
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While Mammy Two-Shoes enjoys her evening with the Lucky Seven Saturday Night Bridge Club, Tom and his friends have a party in the house. Jerry, unable to sleep, emerges from his mouse hole to stop it.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: William Hanna, Lillian Randolph

Votes: 678

48. Texas Tom (1950)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Western, Family

7.7
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Toots arrives at the ranch where Tom is tormenting Jerry, and Tom puts on all his best moves, though Jerry does his best to sabotage Tom.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: The King's Men

Votes: 671

49. Jerry and the Lion (1950)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.5
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Jerry agrees to help an escaped circus lion, whose first need is food. But first they'll have to evade Tom, who heard the news bulletin and is armed with a shotgun.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Paul Frees, Frank Graham

Votes: 558

50. Safety Second (1950)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.7
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Jerry forbids young Nibbles from lighting fireworks on the Fourth of July, but both mice find these dangerous toys to be useful weapons when their cat-nemesis, Tom, starts trouble.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 659

51. Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl (1950)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.0
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Tom is conducting a symphony at the Hollywood Bowl when Jerry comes out to "help" him.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 1,004

52. The Framed Cat (1950)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.6
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Tom filches a drumstick from a fresh-baked chicken. When Mammy is about to discover him, he hands it off to Jerry; this lets him be a hero to Mammy and still get his chicken. Jerry is ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 573

53. Cue Ball Cat (1950)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

8.0
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Tom is in a pool hall after hours; as he soon discovers, Jerry is sleeping in the corner pocket. Tom chases Jerry around the table and the rest of the pool hall.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 615

54. Casanova Cat (1951)

Passed | 6 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.6
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Tom heads for a big city penthouse to become acquainted with a rich pretty female cat that lives there. He brings her Jerry as a gift and does some humiliating things to Jerry. Jerry, in ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 466

55. Jerry and the Goldfish (1951)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.7
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Tom, whose appetite was whetted by a radio cooking program, wants to make a meal out of the pet goldfish. Jerry, who is friends with the fish, does what he can to thwart their feline foe.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Daws Butler

Votes: 533

56. Jerry's Cousin (1951)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Short, Animation

7.8
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When Tom's harassment gets out of hand, Jerry writes to his Cousin Muscles, a tough inner city mouse, and asks for his help.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Paul Frees

Votes: 798

57. Sleepy-Time Tom (1951)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

8.0
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Tom is desperate for sleep after a night of revelry with his friends, but Mammy Two-Shoes demands that he stay awake to keep the mouse out of the refrigerator. Jerry, being a clever mouse, sees his opportunity to get rid of the cat.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Daws Butler, Paul Frees, Lillian Randolph

Votes: 659

58. His Mouse Friday (1951)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Short, Animation

7.3
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Tom is shipwrecked on an island, which is inhabited by at least one mouse - Jerry. To thwart the hungry cat, Jerry disguises himself as a cannibal.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Paul Frees

Votes: 490

59. Slicked-up Pup (1951)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.9
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Spike has just washed his pup. Tom and Jerry's chase knocks him into a mud puddle. Spike makes Tom clean him up again and promise to keep him clean which of course is Jerry's opening to get Tom in trouble.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Daws Butler

Votes: 494

60. Nit-Witty Kitty (1951)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.6
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Tom has amnesia and believes he's a mouse. Jerry, finding him more obnoxious as a fellow rodent than as a cat, seeks to cure him with a blow to the head.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 543

61. Cat Napping (1951)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.5
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Tom's getting ready to settle into the hammock, but Jerry has beat him to it and the battle begins.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 467

62. The Flying Cat (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.7
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When Jerry befriends a canary Tom finds it necessary to construct a makeshift pair of wings.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 549

63. The Duck Doctor (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.4
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Tom is duck hunting, and he wings a little duckling that can't quite keep up with the flock. Jerry gets to the fallen duck before Tom, bandages his wing, and shelters him from Tom as he ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Red Coffey

Votes: 468

64. The Two Mouseketeers (1951)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.5
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This Tom and Jerry cartoon is set in 17th century France. Tom, who is a soldier in the King's castle, is assigned to guard the food laid out on a banquet table. Jerry and a smaller mouse ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Francoise Brun-Cottan

Votes: 927

65. Smitten Kitten (1952)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.7
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Tom's in love again, and Jerry's devil conscience reminds him of times this has happened in the past (which, of course, we see, in the form of clips from earlier shorts), and how that's ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Paul Frees

Votes: 392

66. Triplet Trouble (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.8
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Mammy Two-Shoes agrees to babysit three seemingly innocent kittens. But while she is away buying cream, the trio of brats torment Tom and Jerry.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 555

67. Little Runaway (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.8
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A baby seal escapes from the circus and ends up in Jerry's backyard pond. Tom finds out soon enough when Jerry grabs a fish from Tom's plate, and when the circus offers a $10,000 reward, ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 479

68. Fit to Be Tied (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.9
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Jerry removes a tack from Spike's paw. In gratitude, Spike gives Jerry a bell to ring when he's in trouble. Soon, Tom is acting as Jerry's servant. But then the city passes a leash law, and... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Daws Butler

Votes: 491

69. Push-Button Kitty (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.8
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Tom's being especially lazy, which makes it even easier for Mammy to toss him out when her new mouse-catching robot cat, Mechano, arrives. Mechano is frighteningly efficient, foiling ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Lillian Randolph

Votes: 539

70. Cruise Cat (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.6
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Tom is the official cat on the cruise ship S.S. Aloha, but he'll be kicked off if the captain finds even one mouse. That one, of course, is Jerry, who sneaks on board just before sailing ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Paul Frees

Votes: 554

71. The Dog House (1952)

Approved | 6 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.5
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Spike is building his dream house when Tom crashes into it mid-chase. Of course, Jerry then takes every opportunity to route the chases through the construction project.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Daws Butler

Votes: 471

72. The Missing Mouse (1953)

Approved | 6 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.7
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Upon hearing about a white mouse that could explode is on the loose, Jerry decides to impersonate it to torment Tom.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Paul Frees

Votes: 507

73. Jerry and Jumbo (1953)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.8
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A baby elephant rolls off the circus train and right into Tom's bed. He quickly allies himself with Jerry, and with a rolled-up trunk and some paint, passes himself off as a giant mouse. ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 606

74. Johann Mouse (1952)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.6
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At the home of Austrian composer Johann Strauss, lived Johann Mouse. Whenever the composer played his waltzes, the mouse would dance to the music, unable to control himself. One day, when ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Hans Conried

Votes: 921

75. That's My Pup! (1953)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.7
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Spike explains to his son the rules of being a dog: 1: be man's best friend (begging, lying at feet); 2: bury bones; 3: chase cats. Just then, Tom (and Jerry) run by, offering the perfect ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Daws Butler

Votes: 474

76. Just Ducky (1953)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.7
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Jerry Mouse befriends a newly hatched duck who can't swim and ends up protecting him against his feline nemesis, Tom.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Red Coffey

Votes: 561

77. Two Little Indians (1953)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.8
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The Bide-a-wee Mouse Home sends two orphans over for a hike with Scoutmaster Jerry. Trouble is, the orphans, dressed as Indians, want to shoot arrows and tomahawk-chop everything in sight, ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 448

78. Life with Tom (1953)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.1
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Mail call. Nothing for Tom, but at Jerry's box, Tom finds a package; inside is a book, "Life with Tom" by Jerry Mouse. As Tom flips to chapters and hears, first a radio audience, then a ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 370

79. Puppy Tale (1954)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.7
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Jerry rescues a bag of puppies from the river. Most of them run away as soon as Jerry releases them, but one stays behind. Jerry tries to get rid of it, but ultimately takes pity and ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 410

80. Posse Cat (1954)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Family, Western

7.2
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Tom and Jerry are in a cabin in the wild west. Jerry's rustling food, so Tom's owner won't let him eat until he's gotten rid of Jerry.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Stan Freberg

Votes: 368

81. Hic-cup Pup (1954)

Approved | 6 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.7
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Spike has just put Tyke to bed for his nap when Tom and Jerry chase out the door to Tyke's crib, waking him up. This gives Tyke an attack of hiccups. Spike warns Tom not to wake him up ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Daws Butler

Votes: 456

82. Little School Mouse (1954)

Passed | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.9
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Professor Jerry teaches a course in how to outwit cats, but his pupil seems to know more than Jerry.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 473

83. Baby Butch (1954)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.6
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An alley cat disguises himself as an abandoned baby in order to con his way inside the house of Tom and Jerry.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 524

84. Mice Follies (1954)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.9
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Jerry and his friends flood the kitchen, then use the freezer to turn it into a skating rink. Even though Tom finds a pair of ice skates, the mice have no problem out maneuvering him.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 565

85. Neapolitan Mouse (1954)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

6.8
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Tom chases Jerry through the streets of Naples; they meet a local mouse who recognizes them from their cartoons and shows them around. Meanwhile, some local dogs are shadowing them.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 368

86. Downhearted Duckling (1954)

Approved | 6 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.4
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Jerry's little duckling friend is depressed because he's just read The Ugly Duckling and thinks that he's ugly. Jerry does his best to help. Tom gets involved when the suicidal duck offers ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Red Coffey

Votes: 450

87. Pet Peeve (1954)

Approved | 6 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.8
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Tom and Spike, whose cat food and dog food is getting too expensive, are forced to compete as mousers. The one who catches Jerry gets to stay.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Daws Butler, June Foray

Votes: 467

88. Touché, Pussy Cat! (1954)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.6
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Musketeer Jerry's old friend, François Mouse, sends his son for training. But when Jerry has to save the tyke from a run-in with Tom, the little one is sent packing until he manages to save Jerry.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Francoise Brun-Cottan

Votes: 540

89. Southbound Duckling (1955)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.4
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Jerry's little duckling friend has packed his bag and is all set to fly south for the winter despite the book Jerry keeps showing him that points out that domestic ducks do not fly south, ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Red Coffey

Votes: 509

90. Pup on a Picnic (1955)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.4
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Spike is taking his son on a picnic. Jerry keeps hiding in the basket, so Tom keeps disrupting the picnic while chasing him.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Daws Butler

Votes: 405

91. Mouse for Sale (1955)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.7
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Tom sells Jerry to a local pet story that's buying white mice. Yes, Jerry's brown, but a little paint fixes that. The lady of the house finds the money Tom got and uses it to buy a cute ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Daws Butler, June Foray

Votes: 379

92. Smarty Cat (1955)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.0
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Nobody's home, so Tom invites his alley cat friends in to look at home movies (clips from earlier cartoons where Tom gets the drop on Spike). While they're showing them, Spike sneaks in.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Daws Butler

Votes: 390

93. Tom's Photo Finish (1957)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.5
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Tom has a chunk of the leftover chicken just before his owner George goes to look at the fridge. He threatens to take care of whichever animal did it. Tom frames Spike the dog, but Jerry ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Daws Butler, June Foray

Votes: 353

94. Tot Watchers (1958)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

6.9
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The lady of the house has gone out for a few hours, leaving her baby in the care of a stereotypical 1950s teenager, who immediately begins calling her friends. Tom and Jerry must call a ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Stars: Daws Butler, Bill Thompson, Janet Waldo

Votes: 422

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