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I just sat back and laughed and enjoyed this different Tom and Jerry
cartoon, a story that humorously portrays their depiction of heaven and
hell and who determines where you wind up.
It wasn't totally different. We had the obligatory chase scene, right off the bat, which proves to be Tom's undoing as he gets killed when a piano crashes into him. Tom discovers, through the kindly conductor of the "Heavenly Express" up in the clouds, that the only way he will avoid hell (where Butch is waiting for him!) is to get Jerry's "signature of forgiveness."
Tom returns to his house and has one hour to get that signature, or he's toast.....and you know Jerry isn't going to make it easy for him.
This was a funny episode and refreshing change from the normal seven minutes of chase scenes. This had a unique angle to it and some comedic visuals that went with it. There also was - I hope people caught this - a social/ moral comment about people abusing little kittens
In an attempt to catch Jerry, Tom gets killed when his plan goes wrong.
spirit then ascends to the clouds, where he finds the Heavenly Express
preparing to disembark. The problem is, the ticket-seller will not let Tom
due to his malevolent antics with Jerry, so he is given one hour to get
signature on a Certificate Of Forgiveness -- or go to Hell!
This cartoon is quite amusing, and the oversensitive ones will be pleased to know that there's little of the violence that the T&J series has often been accused of emphasising. The cartoon also has a twist at the end that I won't spoil.
As an avid fan of Tom and Jerry, I enjoyed Heavenly Puss. I too couldn't help thinking of Pluto's Judgement Day when I saw this, and while that was very good this in my opinion was better. I loved the concept of the cartoon, the Heavenly Express looked amazing and Hell looked incredibly scary, I couldn't help feeling sorry for Tom as he begged for Jerry to sign for forgiveness. I also loved the artwork, with beautiful backgrounds and interesting character designs, and the music was really clever here ascending scales as Tom went up those stairs up into Heaven and the more dramatic threatening tones for Hell. There isn't anything hilarious here, but what stood out here was the cartoon's uniqueness. And the characters are fine, Jerry isn't given as much to do but he is still his sweet self, and Spike does a great job as the devilish dog figure with a laugh that still frightens me. I also liked the kindly conductor, he had some great dialogue, but as I've said before (sort of) Tom is the star of the show, although he is dastardly to begin with, his pleas for forgiveness are heart breaking and then the ending with him hugging Jerry(more to do with Jerry's confused facial expression) was quite funny. Oh, and those kittens are absolutely adorable. Overall, different but unique. 10/10 Bethany Cox
When I had watch this short, it's kind of like Disney's "Pluto's
Judgement Day" (your judgement day nightmare) of course I thought of
'Judgement Day' as in when you had died your soul will be judged; I had
always question myself of the concept of Heaven and Hell and OH! those
little kittens are SO cute and I felt sorry for them (some people are
Well down to basics : In this short, Tom got "killed" while chasing Jerry. He goes to heaven and meets the cat who meets dead cats boarding the "Heavenly Express." Tom is given one hour to have Jerry sign a certificate of forgiveness. If Jerry signs, he goes to Heaven; if he doesn't then he goes to Hell. I love the ending and Jerry's "O-K what just happen?" look on his face when Tom kisses him.
This one may not have the madcap chases of your typical Tom & Jerry
cartoon, it is one of the most imaginative and endearing. Tom is
chasing Jerry as usual, when he has one of his trademark lapses of
judgment and is flattened. He must have finally used up his ninth life,
because he windows up outside the Pearly Gates.
The feline version of St. Peter won't let him in, because of how cruel he's been to Jerry! He has one hour to get Jerry's signature on a certificate of forgiveness or he goes to hell, which is run by a devilish Butch the bulldog. It's a great change of pace, and great to watch once you're familiar with the characters and get tired of the third wheels the writers kept throwing into the chase!
The vision of heaven is amusing, there are a few good gags, and it's much better than many of the later cartoons. A classic.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This short opens with Tom sleeping by the fire and Jerry sneaking on to
the table to steal some food; Tom wakes and sees him and is soon after
him. As Jerry tries to flee upstairs Tom tugs on the carpet; as he
keeps pulling the piano on the landing approaches the top of the stairs
then tumbles down and squashes Tom against the wall. It looks as if
Tom's used up his nine lives as a gold escalator appears and takes him
to the golden gates where recently deceased cats are queuing to board
the Heavenly Express. As Tom tries to board he is told he can't as he
spent his life tormenting Jerry... if he is to board he must get a
signed letter of forgiveness from Jerry within one hour; should he fail
he will go straight to hell! He wakes up and desperately tries to get
Jerry to sign it; Jerry isn't in a forgiving mood so he will need a lot
This was a great short with plenty of good laughs; with all the things that have happened to Tom and Jerry before it is amazing that neither of them has 'died' before. There is less violent action than usual but that is no bad thing as the scene where Tom ascends the escalator and tries to board the Heavenly Express were entertaining. There was one shock in there too... we hear how other cats died before three kittens emerge from a dripping sack suggesting that they had been deliberately drowned and the gatekeeper a shakes his head and says 'what some people won't do'... pretty dark for a cartoon. Tom's attempts to get Jerry to forgive him were fairly funny; almost the opposite of his usual behaviour. There is a little twist at the end... after all Tom can't really be dead as he has more cartoons to star in.
Fatally crushed by a piano while pursuing Jerry, Tom must be assessed
before being permitted to ride the Heavenly Express; rather than being
congratulated for his mouse chasing efforts, he is told that he has one
hour to seek Jerry's forgiveness or he will forever be condemned to
After a couple of fun but relatively uninspired capersThe Little Orphan and Hatch Up Your Troublesit's nice to see the people behind Tom and Jerry at least trying something a little different for a change, even if it isn't a wholly successful idea. The basic premisethat Tom would be punished for all eternity just for following his natural instinctsis admittedly daft, but it's a lot of fun to see Tom begging Jerry to sign his name while the devil (Butch the Bulldog) prepares a bubbling pot of brimstone in Hell.
Of course, it all ends up being a dream, and thus a bit of a cop-out, but it's fun while it lasts. Plus, it has a gag about drowned kittens in a sacknot something you see every day in a cartoon!
Tom chases Jerry for no particular reason, and the cartoon seems to be
giving us the usual fare until Jerry flattens Tom with a piano, killing
him. A quick ride to heaven on an escalator brings him to the pearly
gates, where some kind of train conduction is a cat version of Saint
Peter. The Heavenly Express leaves in an hour and if Tom can get a
signed document of forgiveness from Jerry he's free to enter. If
Now it's Tom's chance to be as nice to Jerry as possible, but he's having none of it and refuses to sign, sealing the cat's fate forever. It's a funny cartoon, with some nice moments. Though I was a little surprised to see the three dead kittens drowned in a bag at the gates of heaven.
Tom the cat gets killed by a falling piano and ascends to cat heaven
via escalator. But upon arriving at the pearly gates, the gatekeeper
tells him that he needs to get Jerry the mouse to sign a document
saying that he forgives Tom all the times that he chased after him. If
Jerry doesn't sign it Tom has to spend eternity in hell. So naturally
Tum is scared out of his cat skull and tries with all his might to get
Jerry to sign on the dotted line. This cartoon is a bit far from being
my favorite and I felt bad for Tom. This cartoon can be found on disc
one of the Spotlight collection DVD of "Tom & Jerry"
DVD Extras: Commentary by historian Jerry Beck
My Grade: B
It's not hard to get tired of the bad reputation cats have been given in
animated cartoons (Warner Brothers had Pussyfoot as a sympathetic feline,
but that's one of the few). They seem to serve only as punching bags for
dogs and persecutors of mice and birds. In this cartoon, we have Tom
threatened with condemnation to an animal version of Christian hell
populated, of course, by devil dogs, and for what? For following his
instincts, nothing more. If Christians can be condemned for following their
instincts, there must not be many of them in their version of
Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield, perhaps said it best: "Way down under, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by theirs." Seeing the way Hanna and Barbera always cast Tom as the endless oppressor and the foil for Jerry's sadistic manipulation makes me want to do two things: watch only Chuck Jones Tom & Jerry cartoons, where the motivations were distilled to their purest essence (the chase for its own sake) and to go find a few mice for my own cats to play with while I watch and cheer them on.
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