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Animation | Family | Comedy
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Kitty Foiled (1948)
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Stars: Red Coffey
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Stars: Lillian Randolph
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Tom, Jerry, and Butch sign a peace treaty.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Stars: Billy Bletcher
Cat Fishin' (1947)
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Tom is a feline fisherman, Jerry is his live bait, and Spike is the bulldog guarding the lake.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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Stars: Lillian Randolph
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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Stars: Billy Bletcher, Buck Woods
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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Stars: Lillian Randolph
Family | Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
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Tom, complete with mortarboard, is teaching a kitten the basics: "cats chase mice." But Jerry keeps subverting this lesson at every opportunity, adding his own phrases, like "cats and mice are chums." Eventually, Jerry gets Tom locked out of the house; he runs back in and gets slingshotted into the mailbox. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Followed by Texas Tom (1950) See more »

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Three Blind Mice
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Cute, but not in a bad way.
15 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This cartoon can be found as a special feature on the DVD for the MGM feature "A Date With Judy". That's because many of the classic MGM and Warner Brothers films come packaged with several shorts--making it like going to the movies in the good 'ol days. In this case, they've included a Tom and Jerry cartoon--and a darn good one.

Tom is teaching a cute little kitten the art of being a cat. He teaches that cats HATE mice and must eat them. Then, he takes the kitten on a mice-catching trip, but the kitten's skills leave a lot to be desired--especially when the kitten LIKES Jerry!

The best thing about this and all the Tom and Jerry cartoons from this era is the animation. MGM's shorts often looked better than Warner Brothers or Disney's during this time--and this one is no exception--with exquisite backgrounds and nice character animation. The story is pretty good, too, and manages to strike a nice balance between begin cute and yet still being fun to watch.


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