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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Cleanliness is next to godliness, 3 July 2007
Author: Shawn Watson (email@example.com) from The Underverse
Mammy-Two-Shoes (not dubbed by the PC-brigade in the version I saw) has
just finished cleaning the whole house when Tom bursts in the door,
covered in muck, chasing Jerry. She freaks and tells him to keep the
house spic and span until she gets back from the store. This he has no
problem doing, but Jerry, for no other reason than to be mean, decides
to wreck the place so Tom works himself to death picking it up after
There are some good gags but I'm surprised no one complained at the final bit where Tom, covered in coal dust (now looking like a black cat) pretends to be some other cat to Mammy-Two-Shoes and acts like a retarded, cotton-picking 19th century slave. I don't find it offensive, he's probably just mimicking Jim from Huckleberry Finn but it's this kind of thing that cartoons got away with back in the day and something you'll never see in the airbrushed, static, PC crap of today.
No one is credited for Tom's voice or Mammy-Two-Shoes'.
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Mouse Cleaning is one of the most hilarious Tom and Jerry cartoons ever!, 31 July 2008
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.
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.
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Recycling old material, 23 February 2006
Author: ville-5 from Finland
Tom is given an ultimatum once again, he's out for good if the house is
not clean when his master comes back from shopping.
OK, it's pretty much like the first Tom & Jerry short "Puss Gets the Boot", except for not breaking things it's about not dirtying things: Tom cleans and scrubs while Jerry does the exact opposite. It's not too hard to guess how it'll end...
The artwork is not bad if not anything to write home about and there are a couple funny sight gags, like Tom kissing his masters finger. Whenever these cartoons brought a new character to the screen (s)he had a purpose, be it a rival cat or a love-stricken buzzard. This one has a horse that could have been something but stays in the picture for 10 seconds doing nothing - either the writers lacked imagination or the animator thougth that a hay-eating-horse is the funniest thing on earth.
On a positive side Tom has probably never had a more feline moment when he goes to sleep and stretches his feet and toes. If you own a cat you'll know what I mean when you see the moment.
Although Jerry has tormented Tom in every cartoon, in this cartoon his anarchistic malice, especially pouring the ink into the cleaning water reminded me a lot of Harpo's pranks in those Marx films, where Harpo could shred unsuspecting peoples clothes and paperwork with a big smile.
So there. It's worth a look and not that bad as I may make it sound, just average.
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Entertaining if nothing special, 28 June 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
I like Tom and Jerry a lot, and while I did find Mouse Cleaning entertaining, I did find it nothing special as well. The artwork is beautiful with some truly lovely background art and colouring, and the music is typically energetic. Most of the gags do work, particularly with Tom desperately tries cleaning up the house with Jerry making it increasingly difficult and Tom and Jerry are both fun to watch. What didn't quite work for me was the standard story, one or two moments where the pacing wasn't as secure as it could have been, the beginning particularly could have had less time to get started, and two questionable gags, one being the horse gag, which was rather lame, and the one with Tom covering himself in coal dust and the way he acts after, which is some proof of why I can be sometimes marvel at what cartoons can get away with. All in all, nothing special but it was entertaining. 7/10 Bethany Cox
Not PC but very funny, 20 October 2012
Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
After Thomas chases Jerry into the house and gets the kitchen floor
muddy after Mammy Two Shoes has just cleaned it he is told he must
clean it up while she is out... and if there is any mess in the house
when she returns he won't be living there any more. Needless to say
Jerry takes this as his cue to make as much mess as possible; he
empties the ash tray onto the carpet; juggles eggs and squirts ink into
the water Tom is using to clean the walls. Eventually it looks as if
Tom has got the house spotless again... that is until Jerry redirects
the coal delivery just as Mammy Two Shoes returns... leading to a
politically incorrect black-face gag that is cut from versions aired
This short may take place in the standard setting but it is a little different as for the most part Tom isn't racing around trying to catch Jerry. Here Jerry is very much the antagonist as he tries to make a mess. The gags vary from the obviously funny, such as the egg juggling, to downright malicious; such as ink gag. The final gag, which is cut from some versions, is a little shocking in this day and age as Tom, with his face blackened by coal talks like a black man... although at least his voice was provided by a black man not somebody pretending to be black.
A fairly good Tom & Jerry short, 24 January 2009
Author: Julia Arsenault (ja_kitty_71) from Canada
Tom & Jerry are one of my favorite characters from Hanna/Barbera along
with Penelope Pitstop and Scooby Doo.
This short is a fairly good Tom & Jerry short, it has a few good gags like Jerry scattering ash from the ash tray in a way like a marching band drum and in the end Tom, in blackface, does his Stepin Fetchit routine; although cartoons from the 1930s to the 1950s contain gags that included stuff that appear to have racial or ethnic prejudice (which were a common place in American society at that time). And one last thing : I don't get the old horse gag; I mean what's it going' do? stink up the whole house? or crap everywhere? *NOTE* 8/10 Stars for a mediocre gags and one that didn't make sense (to me)
Jerry does the dirty on Tom., 29 June 2008
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England
Mouse Cleaning might just feature a new take on an old ideaTom must
prevent Jerry from causing a mess, or he's out on his earbut, thanks
to some very funny gags and one delightfully un-PC moment (thankfully
left intact in the version I saw), it actually proves to be a pretty
There is plenty of fun to be had from watching the mischievous Jerry mouse trashing Mammy Two Shoes' house, and Tom's desperate attempts to return the place to its original spick-and-span condition are a delight to behold. Hilarious highlights include the mouse squirting ink into a bucket of water being used by Tom to clean up a mess, Tom juggling eggs and balancing a pie in an effort to prevent further chaos, Jerry leading an old horse into the house (a brief moment, but very funny), and the mouse inking up an exhausted Tom's paws and then getting the poor cat to chase him all over the house.
And that un-PC moment? Well, Jerry redirects a coal delivery so that it pours through an open window. When Mammy sees the ensuing turmoil, a black-faced Tom adopts a negro accent and slowly slips away.
2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
A Classic Tom & Jerry, 31 March 2000
Author: looneythad from Niagara Falls, NY
Tom Cat is warned by his master: "If I find one dirty spot here in this house, we're going to be minus one cat around here." Jerry Mouse makes a mess to clean up and finally, the mouse fills up the house with coal.
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