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Kitty Foiled (1948)

Tom subjects Jerry to his usual harassment; but the cat finds a new enemy, and the mouse finds a new friend, in the canary of the house.
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Tom is, of course, chasing Jerry. He's about to administer the coup de grace when a canary intervenes, dropping the bottom of his cage on Tom. Tom then chases the bird a while, and Jerry intervenes at the critical moment. The bird helps Jerry get to his hole. The two continue to team up against Tom. The bird points a gun at Tom and chases him with it; Jerry drops a light bulb, making Tom think he's been shot. They celebrate, but Tom comes to, tying Jerry to the model train tracks. The bird drops a bowling ball, sending Tom crashing into the basement. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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4 February 1948 (USA)  »

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Zwei Kleine gegen Tom  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This Hanna & Barbera short title is reminded, in Tex Avery's 1949 short, Bad Luck Blackie (1949) after a continuously trouble making bulldog to a kitten squeezed the kitten, that kept trying to find a hiding place from the dog. The kitten is in a bookcase, but the dog shoved the set of books together, causing the kitten to look like a book for approximately 5 seconds as KITTY FOILED. William Hanna, Joseph Barbera & Tex Avery were three animation directors at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). They gave and shared ideas to each other. Animation producer, 'Fred Quimby (I)', was deeply disliked, as if he accepted credits of Hanna & Barbera's seven Academy award winning shorts, The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943), Mouse Trouble (1944), Quiet Please! (1945), The Cat Concerto (1947), The Little Orphan (1948), The Two Mouseketeers (1951) and Johann Mouse (1952). See more »

Goofs

When the canary picks up the pistol in one scene, the pistol's handle turns from brown to silver and turns back to brown in the next scene. See more »

Quotes

[in a disguise, Jerry has the canary, be in the back part of an Indian papoose, after walking out of hiding, in their disguise]
Jerry Mouse: How!
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Connections

Followed by The Year of the Mouse (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Here's to the Girls
(uncredited)
Music by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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A Great Example Of Why These Tom & Jerry Cartoons Were So Well-Received
24 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tom is wrecking the house, smashing everything in sight with a broom while trying to hit Jerry. The little canary in the bird cage sees Jerry in big trouble, gets out his cage and comes to the mouse's rescue. Jerry then chases the bird, and he when he's got him and ready to move in for the kill, Jerry returns the favor and rescues the little yellow-feathered guy.

Those two then escape for a breather in Jerry's mouse hole. They shake hands and become a team, doing battle with the cat.

The whole cartoon has a lot of funny and clever scenes. This is one of the better Tom and Jerry efforts and makes me realize once again how talented there writers were on these animated short subjects. This is "Exhibit A" why these cartoons were so popular.


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