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The Zoot Cat (1944)

"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)
Billy Bletcher ...
Bit Part (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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Trivia

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

Toots: Boy, are you corny! You act like a square at the fair, a goon from Saskatoon. You come on like a broken arm. You're a sad apple, a long hair, a corn husker. In other words, you don't send me. So bail out, brother. Get lost... and here's your rat, cat.
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Followed by Ah, Sweet Mouse-Story of Life (1965) See more »

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Deep Purple
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Music by Peter De Rose
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Hilarious Dialog Makes This A Big Winner
19 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tom has his whiskers permed, and he's strutting his stuff going to impress his sweetie. He's got Jerry all packaged up as a special gift. At the door, he presents the gift, dances, sings, doing whatever he can to impress her. She isn't impressed (women are so moody). She tells him, using a half dozen expressions of the day, that "You don't send me." She throws Jerry in his face, saying, "Here's your rat, cat!"

Tom overhears a radio commercial urging guys to get a zoot suit to impress the gals. He makes one, goes back to see the girl and - wham! - she's impressed now.

The dialog in this short is fantastic. I wish they had English subtitles so I could catch all the hip phrases. The rest of the cartoon has Tom interrupted in his quest for admiration by Jerry, of course, and the two chase each other in the final few minutes.


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