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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 »

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Uncredited cast:
Lillian Randolph ...
Mammy Two-Shoes (voice) (uncredited)


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 rolling pin. This sends Jerry crashing, of course. Jerry puts the cheese back. Tom dips a paw into a bowl of jelly in the process and decides to raid the fridge; he puts Jerry's tail under an iron. After some snacking, Tom buries Jerry in the cream from a creampuff. But he also tosses the cheese wedge into the china cabinet, bringing Mammy down to scold him. Time for a scapegoat: Tom stuffs Jerry into the fridge, then runs to the next room. When Mammy screams, Tom chases Jerry but this chase ends differently, with Tom trapped in the ironing board. Jerry takes careful aim with a fork, sending Tom into the fridge, where Mammy thrashes him as Jerry munches on the cheese. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Release Date:

2 June 1941 (USA)  »

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The Midnight Snack  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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William Hanna and Joseph Barbera originally had the cat named Jasper and the mouse was Jinx, in 1940's Puss Gets the Boot (1940) cartoon. This is the first cartoon with their names, Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse. See more »


Followed by Push-Button Kitty (1952) See more »


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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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A classic piece of Tom & Jerry – funny and well animated
9 September 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jerry is trying to steal cheese from a very well stocked pantry – all at once or bit-by-bit he intends to have it. Tom spots him doing it and toys with him before stopping him getting any more cheese. Tom sets himself up in the fridge and starts eating food; when his owner comes down to investigate a noise, Tom frames Jerry for the crime – starting a chase and prompting Jerry to even things up.

I'm not a massive fan of Tom & Jerry, I much prefer the more cynical and sharp edge that the Looney Toons had in their best moments. T&J often feels rather simple by comparison to Daffy in crazy mode and essentially they are.

The same routines, twisted slightly each time in order to make it different and, for that reason I suppose they deserve credit for keeping it going as long as they did. This short film is a good example of them at their best as it features good, colourful animation and plenty of lively action. It has no edge to appeal to adults but it was still lively enough to stop me getting board while the kids were laughing out loud along to it.

Overall I enjoyed this film and I'm not a fan of their cartoons. The routines are good and the animation is really bright and colourful, with both Tom and Jerry looking wide-eyed and well rounded (not the sharp edged, skinny Tom of later years). A good example of the best of Tom and Jerry.

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