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

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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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1.37 : 1
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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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Connections

Followed by Tee for Two (1945) See more »

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Elmer's Tune
Music by Elmer Albrecht and Sammy Gallop
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The Zoot Cat
29 December 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Zoot Cat (1944)

*** (out of 4)

It seems Tom and Jerry fans are really split on this short as some consider it one of their best while others find it to be near the bottom. I'm somewhere in the middle, although I will admit that it's not one of my favorites. The story is pretty simple as Tom gets rejected from a pretty cat so he learns a few moves, throws on an orange and green zoot suit and tries to impress her. THE ZOOT CAT doesn't really have much of a story but it's basically a showcase for the music and Tom's dancing. The music score itself is quite good and certainly manages to make you feel its beat. Tom's dancing will put a smile on your face but it really didn't make me laugh. With that said, there's still enough charm to be had here and it was at least something different for the series.


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