"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

Irven Spence worked mainly on the jitterbugging sequence, according to animator Mark Kausler. See more »

Quotes

Tom Cat: [Imitating Charles Boyer] Ah, I love you. When I'm with you, I am what you call, uh, a hep cat. I am hip to the jive. I'm in the groove, darling.
Toots: Now you're REALLY sendin' me, Jackson.
Tom Cat: Ah, you set my soul on fire. It is not just a little, uh, spark. It is a flame; a big roaring flame. Ah, I can feel it now. It is burning... burning... burning... hey. Something is burning around here !
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Followed by Blue Cat Blues (1956) See more »

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The Chase
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Written by Scott Bradley
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Tom talks too much
30 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tom the cat tries to impress a girl cat by giving her Jerry the mouse and singing her a song. But she rebukes him for being to square. So he makes a makeshift home-made zoot suit and continues to woo her. This is one of the few shorts where Tom and to a little extent Jerry both talk. Whereas most Tom and Jerry cartoons are timeless, this one is dated and not as funny as normally. One of my less favorite shorts, it's still watchable though. This cartoon can be found on disc one of the Spotlight collection DVD of "Tom & Jerry"

My Grade: C

DVD Extras: Commentary by historian Jerry Beck where he talks about the animator, voice actress and the songs amongst other things.


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