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Mammy Two-Shoes threatens to throw Tom out of the house if he makes a mess. Jerry sees an opportunity to rid himself of his feline nemesis.

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Mammy has just finished cleaning the whole house. Tom, meanwhile, has just chased Jerry through a mud puddle and into the house. Mammy stops him and makes him clean up the mess. She goes out shopping, and threatens Tom that if there's any mess when she gets back, he's out. Jerry hears this, and you know where it's going from there. First, a few scatterings of ashes from the ashtray. Tom throws a tomato, which hits the wall; as he's cleaning, Jerry empties a fountain pen into the water bucket. He then aims it at Tom, but it's empty; Tom fires the pen at the curtains, but for him, it works. A lightning wash-and-iron session, and the drapes are fine again. Now, some acrobatics from Jerry: he juggles lots of eggs, then throws them; Tom catches and juggles them himself, but Jerry has also started spinning a pie plate on a fork. Tom manages to take that over, too, but then Jerry pulls the rug out (literally). Tom catches the eggs in a carton, but the pie hits him. An exhausted Tom falls ... Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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8 October 1948 (USA)  »

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Kenneth Muse did the animation in the sequence where Tom juggles eggs and an ink pad, according to animator Mark Kausler. Ed Barge animated the old horse and the coal, while the final sequences were done by Ray Patterson and Irv Spence. See more »

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When Tom enters the house tracking mud, he leaves a muddy paw print on Mammy's apron, but not on the mop and bucket he had touched earlier. See more »

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Mouse Cleaning is one of the most hilarious Tom and Jerry cartoons ever!
31 July 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just rewatched this classic Tom and Jerry cartoon on YouTube. It's the one where Mammy Two-Shoes (voice of Lillian Randolph who I knew from my favorite movie It's a Wonderful Life as well as from the radio show "The Great Gildersleeve") threatens Tom eviction if she sees one spot in the house when she comes back. Naturally, Jerry will do everything to Tom so he gets his just desserts! When I first saw this in the late '70s on afternoon television, they actually showed the cat in blackface at the end and speaking in the now unacceptable dialect of the stereotypical Negro. Despite that, this is one of the most hilarious cartoons ever! I mean, it's so hilarious seeing Tom frantically cleaning up while Jerry the mouse sabotages him at every turn! William Hanna and Joseph Barbera really topped themselves with this one and perhaps one-upped M-G-M colleague Tex Avery as well. So on that note, I highly recommend Mouse Cleaning.


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