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Hatch Up Your Troubles -- Jerry is forced to take care of a baby woodpecker and try to avoid Tom while doing it.


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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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Another T&J adventure; another cutesy sidekick for Jerry. 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)
Argentina:Atp | 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 T&J adventure; another cutesy sidekick for Jerry., 5 November 2011
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Not the most inspired of set-ups—a newly hatched woodpecker mistakes Jerry for his mum and inevitably gets into trouble with Tom—but despite the lack of fresh ideas, there's just about enough fun to be had with the little feathered fellow to make this one worth watching. The little bird's beak goes ten to the dozen, not just making short work of anything made of wood, but also causing Tom considerable pain, rapping repeatedly on his skull, chipping a hole in his teeth, and filling him full of holes when he unwisely swallows the woodpecker whole.

The final gag—which sees the bird taking time to carefully calculate which way a telegraph pole will fall when he pecks its base, as Tom repeatedly tries to end Jerry's life with an axe—is still pretty funny despite its predictability.

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