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The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943)

Approved | | Animation, War, Family | 11 May 1943 (USA)
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.
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As Tom and Jerry stage their typical fight sequences, the patriotic soldier theme of the title is evidenced by such things as a carton of eggs labeled "Hen Grenades"; Jerry dropping light bulbs from an airplane like bombs; and Jerry sending a telegram with the message "Sighted Cat - Sank Same." Musical phrasings from various patriotic war songs are heard throughout. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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According to animator Mark Kausler, Irven Spence was responsible for the action, while Kenneth Muse took care of the facial expressions. See more »

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Followed by Baby Puss (1943) See more »

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Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(uncredited)
Written by David T. Shaw
Arranged by Thomas A. Beckett
Performed by studio orchestra
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An perfect game of Cat and Mouse
7 September 2006 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

In this Oscar-winning cartoon (a fact that they're modest enough to mention in the opening credits) Tom and Jerry wage war on each other in the basement of a house. Using household objects as weapons in a variety of imaginative ways, they advance and retreat on each other, desperate to win their mini-conflict.

I suppose this was one of MGMs entries into the pro-WWII cartoon efforts that Disney and Warner seemed to be having a blast with. It's got a very patriotic feel to it and makes war out to be fun. I have no problem with this kind of propaganda at all, but I am surprised that PC-thug groups haven't forced outrage over this, since their lot have ruined many other Tom and Jerry cartoons. Maybe their so blinkered that they cannot really see the subtext.

Anyway, it's a surprisingly good cartoon and really did earn the Academy Award it was honored with.


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