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14 May 1949 (USA) See more »
A baby woodpecker mistakes Jerry for his mother. The mouse rejects the newly hatched bird but soon finds himself protecting it against his feline nemesis, Tom. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Another beautiful Tom & Jerry cartoon. See more (6 total) »

Directed by
Joseph Barbera 
William Hanna 
Produced by
Fred Quimby .... producer
Original Music by
Scott Bradley 
Animation Department
Ed Barge .... animator
Kenneth Muse .... animator
Ray Patterson .... animator
Irven Spence .... animator
Richard Bickenbach .... layout artist (uncredited)
Music Department
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Tom and Jerry: Hatch Up Your Troubles" - USA (long title)
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8 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
South Korea:All | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPAA Certificate No. 13012) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Another beautiful Tom & Jerry cartoon., 10 August 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I said that this is a beautiful cartoon--and so are the Tom & Jerry cartoons of the 40s and well into the 50s. While this series lacked the originality and kookiness of some of its competitors, these shorts were the most beautifully animated shorts...period. Not surprisingly, it was also nominated for an Oscar--it was that pretty. Now it's not just the animation that is great, but the! They are just gorgeous.

"Hatch Up Your Troubles" begins with a woodpecker's egg falling out of the nest and rolling into Jerry's home. At first, Jerry hates to have the little hatchling about, as it begins destroying EVERYTHING. However, when Tom is up to no good, the little guy saves the day. Overall, a lovely cartoon that also is a lot of fun. While ALL Tom & Jerry cartoons are a bit repetitive, this one is a bit different and a joy to watch.

By the way, the Oscar winner that year was the Looney Tunes short "For Scent-imental Reasons"--starring Pepe Le Pew.

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