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The Zoot Cat (1944)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Family, Comedy  |  13 February 1944 (USA)
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"Square" Tom becomes the coolest cat of all when he puts on homemade green and orange zoot suit,

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ...
Jerry Mouse / Girl Cat (voice) (uncredited)
William Hanna ...
Tom Cat (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Tom's advances on a young jive-talking girl cat get nowhere; nowhere, that is, until Tom gets a zoot suit. Armed with his miles of fabric and a new cool lingo, Tom still has to deal with the tricks of his nemesis, Jerry. Solid, Jackson! Written by Mike Konczewski

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13 February 1944 (USA)  »

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Kleider machen Leute  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The title and plot point refers to the zoot suit, a suit with high-waisted, wide-legged, tight-cuffed, pegged trousers, and a long coat with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders. This style of clothing was popularized by Mexican-Americans, African Americans, and Italian Americans during the late 1930s and 1940s. See more »

Quotes

Bit Part: [on the radio] Boy are you corny! How many times have you been told that? How many girls have said, "No, Horace, I can only be a sister to you." Get your boots laced, buddy. Get hep to the jive. Step in and see Smilin' Sam, the Zoot Suit Man. Step out with a zoot suit, with a drape shape and a reet pleat. Wear an ankle-length jacket, with three-foot shoulders. Pants that begin at the chin, zoom to a fifty-four inch knee, then fade, softly, to a three-inch Victory cuff. Get hep, get one, get lost...
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Followed by Johann Mouse (1952) See more »

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Music by Phil Boutelje and Dick Winfree
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I guess I'm too 'square' to find this one particularly funny
21 March 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

The Zoot Cat might have seemed incredibly 'hip' at the time of its original release, with it's jazz slang and cutting-edge sub-culture fashion, but it now feels embarrassingly dated; yet this 'snapshot of a time gone by' also goes to make this a rather intriguing episode. It's hard for me, as an Englishman born in the late 60s, to imagine an era in the US in which such strange attire and language could have been seen as 'dangerously' cool, but here it is, perfectly captured in a Tom and Jerry cartoon— and seeing is believing, as they say!

Tom wishes to impress a young lady cat, but she perceives him to be 'square'. To remedy the situation, Tom cuts himself a sharp 'zoot suit' from a hammock, makes himself a wide brimmed hat, and dances swing-style to the latest beats. Of course, Jerry does his utmost to ruin Tom's chances of success.

Not only is this a historically interesting T&J caper, but it is also one in which the usually rather silent cat and mouse do a lot of talking—albeit in a manner that proves to be unintelligible a lot of the time, thanks to the often indecipherable 40s phrases spoken by the characters. Unfortunately, whilst this episode is noteworthy for it's peculiarities, it isn't that funny.

The Zoot Cat will be of most interest to those who have a passion for the music and style of the decade in which it was made; the rest of us will probably be rather unimpressed.


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