The kiddie radio host, Uncle Dudley, reminds his listeners that it is "Be Kind to Animals" week. Tom resolves to be kind to his mouse-nemesis, Jerry, but the cat changes his mind after sneaking a look at Jerry's diary.
Tom filches a drumstick from a fresh-baked chicken. When Mammy is about to discover him, he hands it off to Jerry; this lets him be a hero to Mammy and still get his chicken. Jerry is ... See full summary »
Tom steals an egg from a mother's nest, cracks it over a frying pan and then discovers he can have roast duck. But the uncooperative hatchling runs away from the cat and into a mouse hole, where he finds an able protector in Jerry.
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 ... See full summary »
Tom is desperate for sleep after a night of revelry with his friends, but Mammy Two-Shoes demands that he stay awake to keep the mouse out of the refrigerator. Jerry, being a clever mouse, sees his opportunity to get rid of the cat.
The radio announces "Be Kind to Animals" day, so Tom gets Jerry flowers, chocolates, and a nice pie. Jerry isn't home, but Tom spots his diary and starts reading it (an excuse to show old clips). In the process, he grows increasingly irate, and trashes the flowers, then the chocolates. Jerry returns, and Tom decides to give him the pie, in the face, of course (in fact, it plasters him all over the wall). Written by
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"Jerry's Diary" is the first "cheater" in the "Tom and Jerry" series. To save money on animation, studios sometimes made short subjects that employed clips from older cartoons. In this case, the plot involves Tom reading Jerry's diary, which allows for flashbacks, each of which is really a clip of an earlier short. See more »
Okay, the story is quite light and perhaps not all that original, there were a few other Tom and Jerry cartoons than this that had this particular formula as well. But Jerry's Diary is still a very nice cartoon in many ways. It has many funny moments, and with the use of Solid Serenade, Tee for Two, Mouse Trouble and The Yankee Doodle Mouse(serving as part of the diary excerpts) it is somewhat of a nostalgic throwback which will delight anybody I think. The animation is wonderful, with luscious backgrounds and colours, as well as well-drawn characters, the pacing is crisp and the music once again does a great job with enhancing the visual gags complete with upbeat orchestration. Tom and Jerry are still as likable as ever with the writing and gags playing to their character strengths rather than going against them.
All in all, very nice if not one of my favourite Tom and Jerrys. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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