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Kitty Foiled (1948)

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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 <>

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4 February 1948 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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 »


[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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Followed by Old Rockin' Chair Tom (1948) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
Music by Robert Burns
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Cheep laughs; bird-brained plot.
29 June 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Another routine Tom and Jerry escapade, Kitty Foiled is given the 'new character' treatment in an effort to disguise the fact that we've seen most of the gags before.

This time around, Jerry is given a hand (or, rather, a wing) in his fight against Tom by a cute canary; together, the little bird and the plucky mouse are more than a match for the cat, repeatedly teaching him to pick on someone his own size by violently smashing, bashing and generally hurting the poor moggy (who, let's face it, is just following his natural instincts!!!).

Towards the end of this rather tedious episode there are one or two moments that shine (the cat caught in the bear rug gag, and the bowling ball bomb), but, in general, this is one of the duo's lesser efforts.

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