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The Midnight Snack (1941)

Approved  |   |  Family, Animation, Short  |  2 June 1941 (USA)
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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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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 <jreeves@imdb.com>

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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 »

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Right Names But Not A Lot Of Laughs Yet
25 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hey, at least we have the right names: Tom and Jerry. The first episode of this famous cartoon had the cat and mouse called "Jasper" and "Jinx." Now, at least we're headed in the right direction with the T&J we're used to seeing and hearing. Still, you know this an early cartoon just by the furry look on Tom.

The story is simply about raiding the refrigerator which we see Jerry doing, trying to haul off a big piece of cheese. Tom makes it difficult for him in an amusing sketch that is playful more than the sadistic things were saw in T&J 'toons in later years. Later, Tom decides to taste the goodies in the fridge, himself, and there is a semi-humorous scene with jello.

Still later, Tom frames Jerry as Mammy the maid comes down to investigate the noise. By the way, the presence of the maid, "Mammy," in some of these early cartoons brings the usual introduction of the DVD from Whoopi Goldberg, whom Warner Brothers apparently feels they have to hire to tell us uninformed folks all the politically-correct B.S. This woman comes across as condescending and phony, gives the same speech she gave in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection except she substitutes a few names. Note to Warner Brothers: hey, we know what's right and wrong; you don't have to tell us.

Overall, this wasn't much and not really recommended for those who have a seen a bunch of Tom and Jerry cartoons from the later '40s and 1950s. Tom still doesn't look like "Tom" and the humor has none of the familiar edge to it. I guess they were still getting the kinks out before settling down with the kind of characters and stories that made them famous.


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